Why Chinese black caviar is worse than Russian

Published Nov 29, 2023

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The President of the Sturgeon Breeders Union, Alexander Novikov, estimates that around 40% of black caviar on the market is counterfeit and sold as Russian. Counterfeit caviar costs significantly less, with smuggled caviar being priced at $100 per kg compared to the legal price of $200-230 per kg. Russian businesses are buying cheap Chinese caviar and packaging it as Russian, taking advantage of the lower quality and potentially harmful production methods used in China. Strengthening control by law enforcement agencies and implementing labeling to track the product's origin are proposed solutions to the issue.
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The share of counterfeit black caviar on the market, which is sold under the guise of Russian, is about 40%, estimates the President of the Sturgeon Breeders Union, Alexander Novikov. It costs $200-230 per kg in bulk. And this is if you buy it legally. Smuggling will cost $100 per kg. Ours costs several times more, says Novikov. Russian businesses buy this cheap Chinese caviar, package it in Russia in smaller containers and write on the label that it is Russian black caviar. It turns out that only according to official data, 18.5 tons were exported to Russia last year, but you can’t find Chinese sturgeon caviar in stores - only ours. There is an explanation for the low price: while Russian fish are fed with high-quality feed, Chinese fish are stuffed with whatever they can get. We have fish meal, and they have meat and bone meal from animal bones, meal from chicken and duck feathers. At the same time, in China, birds are often “fed” with antibiotics and growth hormones. We have ...
Source: RG
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