Half of tested caviar products from Europe are illegal, and some aren't even caviar
Regulation & Compliances
Published Nov 23, 2023
A study conducted on caviar samples from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine found that half of the products are illegal and some do not even contain sturgeon. Strict regulations are in place to protect the species and only farmed sturgeon can legally produce caviar. The results of the study suggest that these regulations are being actively violated, allowing illegal caviar to be sold.
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Half of tested caviar products from Europe are illegal, and some aren’t even caviar. Wild caviar, a pricey delicacy made from sturgeon eggs, has been illegal for decades since poaching brought the fish to the brink of extinction. Today, legal, internationally tradeable caviar can only come from farmed sturgeon, and there are strict regulations in place to help protect the species. However, by conducting genetic and isotope analyses on caviar samples from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine — nations bordering the remaining wild sturgeon populations — a team of sturgeon experts found evidence that these regulations are ...