Butcher shop that falsely claimed Kosher status fined by attorney general‏

Nick Rees Oct. 14, 2009, 4:12pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A butcher shop that was not certified as kosher but advertised in Hebrew for its kosher meat has agreed to a settlement over the violation.

Golbos, Inc., the operator of the Gordon and Alperin Butcher Shops, and its principal, Ricardo Bosich, are also alleged to have advertised the butcher shop's website that it worked under kosher supervision after discontinuing the supervision.

Bosich and Golbos, Inc. have agreed to a $1,000 civil penalty to settle the allegations against them. Additionally, the attorney general's office filed an Assurance of Discontinuance in Suffolk Superior Court under the Consumer Protection Act against the defendants.

The Gordon and Alperin Butcher Shop had previously been Kosher certified but, around September 2008, discontinued the required supervision necessary to advertise its products as kosher. Observers of Orthodox Jewish dietary laws will only purchase foods processed from an establishment under the supervision of one of various rabbinic authorities who certify that the establishment is kosher.

Following the discontinuance of its kosher certification, Gordon and Alperin continued to represent on both its storefront and website that the establishment was still Kosher.

The defendants, as part of the agreement, have agreed to refrain from further advertising practices that would mislead consumers into believing that products sold are Kosher unless the establishment is re-certified as such.

Bosich has informed the office of the attorney general that the butcher shop is currently resuming kosher certification and supervision.

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