New caviar rules in force from Sunday –

New caviar rules in force from Sunday Published:  29 June, 2007

FROM July 1, all caviar sold in the UK must display labels approved by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

This is in line with the international CITES and European Commission (EC) trade regulations, Defra said today.

The non-reusable labels give detailed information about the origin and age of the caviar, and, if appropriate, where it has been repackaged in the UK.

Containers of caviar arriving into the UK for trade or repackaging must also display labels that state its country of origin. If caviar is still contained in the original container from the country of origin then it should have a label affixed from that country’s CITES management authority.

Caviar without these labels will be illegal and liable to be seized by police or HM Revenue and Customs officers.

All caviar repackaging plants in the UK are now required to be registered with Animal Health. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.