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Frequently Asked Questions


How long are canned seafood products edible?
Commercially canned food can be safely stored for several years as long as the can is not bulging, leaking or damaged. With prolonged storage, canned foods begin to become less palatable.

After opening, any uneaten product should be removed from the can, sealed in a container and immediately refrigerated. The product should be used within 2-3 days. back to top

Why are my oysters green?
The green color in oysters is actually not an abnormal color. During the harvesting season, the oysters are still growing and ingest a large amount of plankton while they are still lean. This makes the "green feeds" visible through their outer skin.
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I think I found glass in my canned seafood! What is it?
These are struvite crystals and are formed by the natural, normal constituents of seafood after it is sterilized in the can. The crystals are no harder than ordinary table salt and can be easily scratched and crushed to a powder with the thumbnail. They will dissolve in a few minutes in warm vinegar, as they do in stomach acid. back to top

What is omega-3?
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated essential fatty acids that are found predominantly in deep-sea salt water fish. These fatty acids are found in higher amounts in cold water fish. There is evidence of a number of health benefits from eating fish rich in these fatty acids. back to top

What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein commonly found in many types of grains (specifically wheat, barley, oats and rye). back to top

Are your products gluten free?
Yes, all of our canned seafood products are currently gluten free. As always, anyone with food allergies or sensitivities should carefully read all labels, especially products in sauces. On occasion, sauce formulations may change. back to top

What are Trans Fats or Trans Fatty Acids?
Trans fats, or trans fatty acids are a type of fat formed when hydrogen is added to liquid oils under high heat to turn them into solid fats like shortening and stick margarine. These trans fats can increase the risk of heart disease by increasing the amount of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, and lowering the amount of HDL, or "good" cholesterol in the bloodstream. back to top

Are there any Trans Fats in your products?
No, our products do not contain trans fats. back to top

Why did I find shell fragments in my oysters?
Because there is no machine that can shuck these little oysters properly, the work is all done by hand. Then, before packing, the product is spread on large trays and inspected. We strive for 100% removal of shell fragments, but just as there is an occasional piece of gravel in a bag of beans or a cherry pit in a can of pie filling, it is possible that occasionally a shell will be found in any variety of canned shellfish. However, what you describe is definitely not Crown Prince quality and we apologize for the inconvenience. back to top

Why are there bones and skin in my can of salmon?
This is the traditional packing process for canned salmon that has been used for many years. The amount of bones and skin in canned salmon varies depending on the size of the fish. The high heat sterilization process softens them enough that they can be easily mashed and blended with the salmon. The skin and bones supply important nutrients. back to top

Is your salmon wild caught or farm raised?
All of our salmon is wild caught. We do not use farm raised salmon. For more information, visit our Wild Caught vs. Farm Raised page. back to top

Are any of your products Kosher?
Yes, many of our products are Kosher. For a complete listing, visit our Kosher page. back to top

Why do the pull-tabs always break from the lid?
If the tab is pulled before the score line is pierced, it will break off. Be sure to gently lift the ring and pop the seal by pushing the tab all the way forward until it touches the rim of the can. For more detailed instructions, visit our Ring Pull page.
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