For Immediate Release - October 13, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Reaches Agreement with Newton Butcher for Kosher Law Violations

BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office reached an agreement with Golbos, Inc., which operates the Gordon and Alperin Butcher Shop, and its principal, Ricardo Bosich, resolving allegations that they violated the Massachusetts Kosher Food Law by posting signage in Hebrew advertising "Kosher Meat" when the Newton shop was no longer certified as Kosher. The Attorney General alleged that the shop had also continued to advertise on its website that it was under Kosher supervision when it had discontinued such supervision. The Attorney General's Office filed an Assurance of Discontinuance in Suffolk Superior Court under the Consumer Protection Act and Bosich and Golbos, Inc. have agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty to settle these allegations.

When consumers who observe Orthodox Jewish dietary laws purchase foods processed by a restaurant or shop, they will only purchase them from an establishment which is under the supervision of one of various rabbinic authorities which certify establishments as Kosher. Gordon and Alperin had previously been certified as Kosher, but discontinued the required supervision around September of 2008. However, they continued to represent on their storefront and their website that they were a Kosher establishment.

In addition to the monetary payment, the defendants have agreed to refrain from advertising practices that mislead consumers into believing that its products are Kosher unless the establishment is certified Kosher. Bosich, who cooperated with the Attorney General's investigation, has informed the Attorney General's Office that the shop is now resuming Kosher supervision and certification.

Consumers who have a complaint or concern regarding misleading advertising practices are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Hotline at 617-727-8400 or visit the office's website at www.mass.gov/ago to file a complaint online.

Assistant Attorney General David W. Monahan of Attorney General Coakley's Consumer Protection Division handled this case, with assistance from Investigator Jake Harney.

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