A Canadian food company was ordered to pay more than $19,000 for selling cheese falsely labeled kosher to Jewish youth campers, authorities said Monday.
Creation Foods Company in Woodbridge, Ontario pleaded guilty in provincial court and was hit with the penalty of $25,000 Canadian, or $19,417 in US dollars, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The incident — called a “spiritual poisoning” by a key Canadian kosher administrator — is believed to be the first case involving phony kosher food ever brought to provincial court.
“We’re very pleased and gratified that the Canadian justice system was diligent in prosecuting this crime,” Richard Rabkin, managing director of kosher certifying agency the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR), told The Post on Monday.
“It was a milestone, a first and we hope the last.”
The phony kosher cheese was delivered to two camps in northern Ontario in summer 2015, according to COR.
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s investigation determined that the company sold a non-kosher food product to two Jewish youth camps, by means of a forged kosher certificate,” according to a CFIA statement.
“The cheese sold to both camps did not meet the requirements of the kashruth.”
Reps for Creation Foods did not return messages seeking their comments on Monday.
The two camps involved were sent loads of mozzarella and cheddar. The mozzarella had proper COR certification but the cheddar did not.
And when camp officials asked for proof, that’s when the fake letters of kosher authenticity were used, Rabkin said.
It’s unclear whether campers actually ate the non-kosher cheddar.
Even if that cheese were physically safe, it was a moral affront to sell it to Jewish customers knowing it wasn’t kosher, according to Rabkin — calling it a “spiritual poisoning.”
The key in making kosher cheese comes from enzyme used to coagulate milk into cheese.
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