(800) 738-4046
Local: (214) 231-0544

We know what it takes to win.

Prevent Food Poisoning: 4 Tips on Buying the Best Fish

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 3, 2013


October is National Seafood Month, so as many gear up for a meal fresh from the surf, it’s very important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from food poisoning. Seafood is a healthy, nutritious addition to any diet, but in order to receive the benefits you need to know how to identify fish that’s safe to eat. Two of the most common types of food poisoning from fish are scombroid and ciguatera, both result from the consumption of spoiled fish. Here are some helpful tips on choosing the best seafood, for taste and health.

1. Smell

A fresh fish should smell like clean water, brine or even a scent that is reminiscent of cucumbers. If the fish smells sour or similar to ammonia, you should not eat it because even cooking it will not fix the issue.

2. Appearance

It’s easy to spot a fresh looking fish, just remember these tips. The gills should be bright red, but if there’s a milky residue than something bad may be afoot. The flesh of the fish or fillet should be shiny and somewhat metallic, be sure to avoid any dull or grayish colored fish. Also, the eyes should be clear and slightly bulgy, not sunken and foggy.

3. Touch

If you touch or poke the fish, the flesh should be firm and resilient. You can tell it’s old if it stays indented from the prod, like clay or putty.

4. Packaging

Check the expiration date, has it passed or is it near? When do you plan on cooking the fish? Consider when you’d like to cook the seafood meal; if it’s too far from the expiration date, you may want to reconsider storing it. Many packages will say the temperature in which the fish was stored, remember that the closer to 32 degrees the better.

Hopefully you don’t fall victim to mishandled fish; the symptoms of food poisoning are torture. If you fall ill due to spoiled fish, whoever served it to you may owe you compensation depending on the degree of negligence involved. Inversely, you don’t want to put yourself at risk of legal action if you serve spoiled fish. If you fall victim to food poisoning at the hands of another, contact W.T. Johnson to get on the track to proper compensation.

Related Articles:

Posted in: Food Poisoning

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

Office Location

The Law Office of WT Johnson
901 Main Street
Suite 6551
Dallas, Texas 75202

Toll Free: (800) 738-4046
Local: (214) 231-0544
Click for directions

Connect With Us

Copyright & Disclaimer

The Law Office of WT Johnson Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation on your particular legal matter. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the state of Texas.

© 2019 by The Law Office of WT Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

Website Design, SEO and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting | Blog Sitemap