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Seafood has become more popular and an important part of a diet. American shoppers can be confident the seafood they buy will provide a healthful meal. Some consumers lack confidence in their ability to select, handle and prepare seafood. Proper handling and preparation are essential to maintain quality and ensure safety.

Seafood is called “fast food” when it comes to preparations, because it can be quick, easy and safe if you follow a few simple guidelines. Consumers have a role to play to ensure they handle and prepare seafood safely. Be sure and check out the safe handling tips and video tutorials below for more information.

Start incorporating seafood into your diet by trying our Recipe of the Month or some of the other delicious seafood recipes below.

Safe Handling Tips

  • Purchase seafood right before checking out at the supermarket
  • If seafood will not be refrigerated within 30 minutes, put it in a cooler
  • Use seafood within 36 hours of purchase or freeze immediately
  • Use defrosted seafood within 36 hours
  • Thaw frozen seafood in the refrigerator — never at room temperature
  • Allow one day for seafood to defrost in refrigerator
  • Always wash hands before and after handling seafood
  • Use separate knives and cutting boards
  • For more tips on selecting, buying, handling, storing and cooking seafood


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