How Long Does Seafood Last?

Seafood - How long does seafood last? First of all - don't believe the term shellfish. These edible critters are not all true fish. Some are crustaceans, characterized--and classified--by their hard outer surface (also called an exoskeleton) and fleshy underlying tissue. Examples of crustaceans include lobster, shrimp, and crab. Other shellfish, such as oysters and snails, are classified as mollusks, animals with a fleshy body inside a shell.

Regardless of the classification, you will find out all about the shelf life, storage and spoilage facts for all of the various seafood options right from this menu. Explore and keep all your fish and shellfish choices the freshest possible and consume them before they expire.

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To find out how long foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Seafood lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Seafood.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Seafood shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!