When is a Matzah Not a Matzah?

Published: March 24th 2010
in News >> Israel

Hand-made matzah.
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Seven tons of counterfeit matzah was discovered by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in Be’er Tuvia. The carefully hidden boxes were labeled with approved kosher certifications that were actually well-designed forgeries.


After an investigation, it was determined that the matzahs were produced in a bakery full of leavened bread. The investigators also suspect that regular flour was used in the baking process. There was also no rabbinical supervision in the bakery.


On Wednesday, the Rabbinate warned the public to avoid purchasing matzah with the counterfeit kosher for Passover labels on it.


The fake matzah came in two different packages. One with a fake kosher for Passover seal and the other with what appears to be a legitimate seal. Certain versions of the matzah are being marketed at bargain prices. Other boxes say that all proceeds from sales will be donated to charity.


The scandal is being called an attempt to take advantage of Israel’s extremely profitable matzah manufacturing industry. Even lower income families in Israel shell out hundreds of shekels to purchase hand-made matzah, if only for their seder.


Authorities have not said if they will make any arrests, instead referring the matter back to the Rabbinate. The Rabbinate retorted that such a large counterfeiting operation is a matter for police.

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