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Germany: Don't believe everything they sell you about European caviar; much of it is illegal or outright false

Frozen Sturgeon
Seafood
Germany
Regulation & Compliances
Caviar
Market & Price Trends
Published Nov 21, 2023

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A study conducted by sturgeon experts found that half of the commercial caviar products sampled from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine are illegal. Some of the samples didn't even contain traces of sturgeon. The researchers warn that persistent demand for wild sturgeon products fuels poaching and raises concerns about the effectiveness of control measures and labeling systems.
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Caviar is synonymous with luxury and, although current prices make it more accessible to a wider audience, it maintains an aura of exclusivity. The reason for the price drop - but still very high, since we are talking about more than 3,000 euros per kilo starting - is that 99% of what is consumed is produced in captivity. The massive captures of sturgeons of the past (31,800 tons in 1977) brought this prehistoric fish to the brink of extinction (its age is 250 million years) and, in 1998, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) took the reins of trade. Finally, in 2004, the capture of wild sturgeon was completely banned, so this caviar is practically non-existent. Legal, internationally marketable caviar can only come from farmed sturgeon, subject to strict regulations So today, legal, internationally marketable caviar can only come from farmed sturgeon, and strict regulations are in place to help protect the species. However, by ...
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