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SHRIMP, RAW — PURCHASED COMMERCIALLY FROZEN

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9 months (best quality)

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  • How long does frozen raw shrimp last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep raw shrimp frozen at all times.
  • Properly stored, frozen raw shrimp will maintain best quality for about 9 months in the freezer, although it will usually remain safe to eat after that.
  • Is frozen raw shrimp safe to eat after the expiration date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen raw shrimp will typically carry a “Best By," "Best if Used By," “Best Before”, or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the raw shrimp will remain at peak quality.
  • How long will frozen raw shrimp remain safe to eat? Frozen raw shrimp that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • How long can you safely leave frozen raw shrimp at room temperature? Frozen raw shrimp should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature, as bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F.
  • How to tell if frozen raw shrimp is no longer good? If dry spots or discoloration have developed on the frozen raw shrimp, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the raw shrimp unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.

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