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Buried Treasure

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reporter: Lesley Stahl, CBS 60 Minutes
Producer: Ira Rosen

It's the most expensive food in the world and one of the trickiest to find. We are talking about the humble truffle, that ugly lump of underground fungus that is revered by chefs everywhere.

A perfect one kilogram specimen can fetch as much as $300,000.

With that kind of money around, no wonder organised crime is muscling in on the action.

Back alley deals, brazen thefts, counterfeiting rings, such is the shadowy underbelly of the international truffle trade.

Lesley Stahl of American 60 Minutes digs up the dirt on these culinary diamonds.

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