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Shelf Life of Imitation Crab Meat

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Imitation crab meat is a processed food that keeps well in the freezer. Once thawed the shelf life is dependent on the packaging, similarly once opened the shelf life is shortened again. This is a guide about the shelf life of imitation crab meat.
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May 20, 2008

I am 8 1/2 months pregnant and I love the imitation crab meat. I purchased frozen crab meat a while back and thawed it (kept in the refrigerator). So now it's been about a week since I ate the thawed imitation crab meat from the refrigerator but I'm getting worried now that I shouldn't have eaten it. What is the shelf life of the imitation crab sticks once thawed and left in the refrigerator? Anxiously awaiting your response.

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Nadia from Ontario, Canada

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

When in doubt, throw it out!

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know about shelf dates or times for crab meat but I do know a bit about eating bad foods and I feel very conifident in saying if you were going to have a problem you would have already had it. You can always call your dr.

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Glenn'sMom. In addition, the imitation crabmeat is actually made from a VERY highly salted fish-based product--it's not shellfish at all. The salt will act as a preservative. I'm not sure how long I've kept it around in the fridge, but I think quite a while sometimes. You would know by smell and taste if it was spoiled.

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

Call the manufacturer on the 800# on the package. The best information will come from them. Have the package wrap when you call them, if possible; if not get info from another package at the grocery store.

They will also, most likely send you a cents off coupon.

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