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What is "sashimi grade" fish?

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What is "sashimi grade" fish?

alanbarnes | Mar 14, 2009 05:13 PM

So I was defrosting some ahi steaks that are going to get seared up for dinner, and noticed that the package says "sashimi grade." But as far as I can figure out, there's no USDA or other grading system in place for fish.

I suppose if I had batches of tuna of wildly varying quality, I might label some "cat food grade" and other "sashimi grade" just to let people know which is the good stuff. But does this designation actually mean anything, or is it just marketing hype?

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