I steamed some clams seven days ago, and not all of them were eaten. I removed the shells and stored the flesh in a plastic container in the refrigerator. After seven days are they still safe to eat, since they were well cooked and refrigerated?

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    I hate to claim credit for this as an answer: stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16892
    – Cascabel
    Dec 11, 2011 at 19:31
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    Dec 11, 2011 at 19:42
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    Dec 11, 2011 at 20:25
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    Dec 11, 2011 at 23:20

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It's too risky for my tastes. Cooked seafoods (fin-fish and shellfish) are nearly a perfect growth medium for bacteria, so they have a particularly short shelf-life even when properly kept refrigerated -- perhaps three days. Here is a PDF from the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service with some useful guidelines.

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