What are the best conditions for storing fresh snails?

Question: A member received a request to store fresh snails. According to the customer, the temperature storage conditions are between 2°C to 6°C and the storage period is no more than one month. The member needed help determining the following:

  • What are the proper conditions for storing fresh snails?
  • Can fresh snails be stored together either with fruits and vegetables or with nuts?

Answer: Keep these snails separate from other edible food products. Snails carry parasites and other pathogens. Do Not store these with other food products. If the snails are alive, they also need to be kept moist at 2-6 degrees °C.

Answered by WFLO Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) Chairman Dr. Michael Jahncke, Virginia Tech University.

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