back to top, Why are there scales on my sardines?Pilchard sardines have larger scales that do not soften as much as the scales on smaller sardines. Proposition 65 requires a warning on products that expose consumers to just 0.5 micrograms per day. back to top, Do your products contain GMOs? These three types of fish are cold water fish and contain omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium. Wild Planet Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 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. Visit the Crown Prince website for recipes. All products distributed by Crown Prince meet or exceed all Federal food safety and purity standards. back to top, Why is my Solid White Tuna not always white?While albacore is classified as "white" tuna, there are common variations in color from can to can. Are your sardines real sardines or small fish? In order to comply with California Proposition 65 regulations, Crown Prince decided to provide a warning on all of our products to cover the possible presence of chemicals such as Bisphenol A, which has been added to the chemical list with zero tolerance even though FDA has found that Bisphenol A is being used safely in packaging that contacts food. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic material that after extensive study, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says is being safely used in food packaging. Why did I find shell fragments in my oysters? Our suppliers strictly adhere to dolphin protection methods. All tuna catches, and particularly yellowfin catches are strictly monitored by independent observers. These scales protect the fish from outside elements and are proof of the best quality and freshness. back to top, What are GMOs?GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, an animal or plant that has been altered using genetic engineering. A word of warning for those that are new to European styled sardines, these are not created with the texture sensitive in mind. Read our GMO Statement for more detailed information. back to top, 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. Fish Steaks: No mystery meat here! Be assured that we make every effort to maintain the highest quality and safety of all Crown Prince products from China and around the globe. While other brands cook down the fish and remove much of the scaling and skin, Matiz canned sardines pride themselves on packing full-bodied sardines with skin on and bone in for full nutritional value and uncompromising flavor. These sardines have a slightly firm texture and a pleasing mild flavor. Our tuna is certified dolphin safe by Earth Island Institute.Albacore is caught by long-line method, which poses no danger to dolphins. In the event that any dolphins are present in the set, the fishermen are required to lower their nets to release the dolphins. Each net set is certified as causing no harm to dolphins. Pack date and shelf life information is available from our Customer Service Department. 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. 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 crystals are no harder than ordinary table salt and can be easily scratched and crushed to a powder with the thumbnail. Are your sardines real sardines or small fish? These two products have been tested and found to contain amounts of lead and cadmium slightly above the Proposition 65 limits, but well below the FDA guidelines. The scales are edible and are a good source of calcium. How long are canned seafood products edible? Tongol tuna is caught by purse seine net, however dolphins do not swim with these schools.Dolphins sometimes swim with schools of yellowfin tuna. All of these variations meet established color requirements. 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. See below for how our products compare to California Proposition 65 and FDA regulations regarding lead: Why is there a California warning on Crown Prince products? Then, before packing, the product is spread on large trays and inspected. During the harvesting season, the oysters are still growing and ingest a large amount of plankton while they are still lean. The high heat sterilization process softens them enough that they can be easily mashed and blended with the salmon. (Best With Olive Oil) From the label of sardine cans, it is clear to understand whether the bones and skin are removed… back to top, What is your Dolphin Safe Policy?We sell three types of tuna: albacore, tongol and yellowfin. No drift nets are used. Our customers can be assured that Crown Prince only offers the best that our oceans can provide - unadulterated by genetic modification. Despite this, California added BPA to the list of more than 800 chemicals and substances under California Proposition 65. For more detailed instructions, visit our Ring Pull page.back to top, Are any of your products imported from China?Crown Prince imports the following products from China: Smoked Oysters, Boiled Oysters, Smoked Baby Clams, Boiled Baby Clams, Mackerel and Sardines.