Russia: Roskachestvo revealed prohibited borax, counterfeit, and other violations on sturgeon caviar

Frozen Sturgeon
Published Dec 25, 2020

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Some of the manufacturers listed in the label deny any involvement in "black gold". And some pass the caviar of foreign origin as Russian. On behalf of the State Commission, Roskachestvo, Rosselkhoznadzor and Rosrybolovstvo jointly investigated sturgeon caviar of various brands purchased in Russian stores, both online and offline.

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The reason for the study was the appeal to the state of Russian sturgeon breeders about the prevalence of contraband and counterfeit products, as well as about caviar of Chinese and Uruguayan origin, which is packaged under Russian labels and passed off as caviar of sturgeon from Russian waters. By the way, if such caviar enters the market illegally, you can find a dangerous preservative in it - sodium tetraborate (in common parlance - borax), which was banned in the USSR half a century ago. RESEARCH CONTENT MAIN PROBLEMS OF THE INDUSTRY Black caviar has always been considered the main gastronomic brand in Russia. But with the ban on catching valuable fish in the wild and an emphasis on aquaculture sturgeon farming, Russia lost the palm to countries such as Iran, the USA, France, Italy, Uruguay, China and others. Now in Russia there are many sturgeon breeding farms. According to Rosrybolovstvo, the volume of black caviar production in Russia is about 50 tons per year. About five ...
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