With a worldwide shortage of premium caviar due to a shrinking sturgeon population, some black market importers have turned to an American cousin: a prehistoric-looking river creature, the paddlefish. A Florida man is the latest to be accused of mislabeling the paddlefish and shipping it abroad, where it was allegedly repackaged as American caviar for shipment to other countries. A conviction in the case could bring a sentence of five years in federal prison.
Something Fishy Is in Your Gourmet Basket, but It May Not Be Caviar
Daily Business Review
May 19, 2008