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I have a 1 year old maytag refrigerator that for the last few days has a fishy smell that we can't get rid of........help what could be the problem? Thanks.

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Check every nook and cranny for food that could have been spilled out, if you cant see any thing crimple up 10 to 15 pages of newspaper, this will absorb any odors, repeat if needed

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