How to read the label on a caviar tin/jar: instructions for use

In order to choose a quality caviar and distinguish its characteristics and origin it is essential to learn how to read the label and interpret its codes.

The label placed on the back of the tin or jar must comply with the indications of the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” (CITES), which is mandatory worldwide for sturgeon roe.

Those who buy a valuable product such as caviar have the right to be informed, therefore let’s figure out together how to understand the label.

  1. Sturgeon species (scientific name):

HUS = Beluga

BAE = Siberiano

GUE = Osietra

STE = Sevruga

TRA = St. Bianco

In the case of crossbreeding the initials of the two species of sturgeon will be joined by the sign “X”, for example, GUExBAE (a cross between the Osietra and the Siberian species).

  1. Origin of Caviar:

W = Wild

C = Farm bred

  1. Country of Origin:

IT = Italy

RU = Russia

CN = China

IR = Iran

FR = France

DE = Germany

PL = Poland

UY = Uruguay

  1. Year of production
  2. Factory code
  3. Batch identification of caviar

Be careful though, the country of origin is a debated and unclear subject in Italy. In fact, a tin or jar of caviar purchased in China could then be repackaged in our country to acquire the right to affix the word IT on the label. Unfortunately, at the moment there is no law in Italy that protects our products and guarantees that they are made in Italy.

For Royal Food Caviar the excellence of Italian artisan craftsmanship and transparency come first, as a guarantee of quality and monitored manufacturing processes on our farm in Calvisano (BS). Discover the characteristics of our Italian Caviar!