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Attorney General Martha Coakley negotiated an agreement Wednesday with the operators of the Gordon and Alperin Butcher Shop in Newton for violating the Massachusetts Kosher Food Law.
According to Coakley’s office, Gordon and Alperin operator Golbos Inc. and its principal, Ricardo Bosich, advertised “Kosher Meat” when the shop was no longer certified as kosher from September 2008 to September 2009.
Bosich cooperated with the investigation, according to the attorney general’s office, and agreed to pay a $1,000 civil fine. Coakley’s office had filed an assurance of discontinuance in Suffolk Superior Court against Bosich and Golbos Inc.
Bosich said “there were certain issues” that led to him going without Kosher certification, but it did not affect the quality of his products.
Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman, with Congregation Lubavitch Synagogue in Brookline, was the primary author of the state’s kosher food law, which was signed into law by Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1990.
“It was our intent to protect the kosher consumer, just like any other consumer,” said Liberman.
He said that previous violations of the law have resulted in warnings, but this is the first time a fine has been levied for breaking the regulation.
The shop’s owner reapplied for kosher certification last month, according to Coakley’s office. Liberman isn’t sure if that will attract customers shopping for kosher products.
“I don’t know if people will trust him again or not,” said Liberman.
A letter from the Rabbinical Council of Massachusettes was released today:
“In the October 13, 2009 edition of the Boston Herald, an article appeared regarding the Massachusetts Attorney General fining Gordon and Alperin Butchers of Newton, MA for “advertising `Kosher Meat’ when the shop was no longer kosher certified.”
This is referring to the time period between September 2008 and August 2009 when Gordon and Alperin did not have any kosher supervision. Since the Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts has been giving supervision starting on September 2, 2009, there have been no violations of any kosher laws and the highest kosher standards have been maintained in the facility with a full time kosher supervisor present.
The article mentions that one of the violations had been that the proprietor advertised on his website as being under kosher supervision. In May 2009, we received a phone call from a consumer informing us that the Gordon and Alperin website had on it that the store was under the kosher supervision of the Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts. We immediately sent a letter directly to Ricardo Bosich, the owner, requesting that he remove the information from the website. Within a week, the website had been taken down.
We look forward to maintaining kosher supervision at Gordon and Alperin as it continues to provide Glatt kosher meat to the Greater Boston Jewish community.
Rabbi Saul Epstein
Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts