Milan's Poor Get Contraband Caviar for Xmas

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2008 12:07 PM CST
Beluga caviar served up on a spoon.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – The poor and homeless in Milan will get a pricey treat this holiday season, the BBC reports. Officials will distribute 88 pounds of beluga caviar seized from smugglers to the city’s shelters and soup kitchens. The sturgeon roe, confiscated in November en route from Poland, is valued at around $550,000. Nations are cracking down on illegal caviar trading after 600 tons of it were traded in the EU during a 6-year span.