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Kolish brothers accused of selling mislabeled meat

5:22 PM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
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  • Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
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By Sharon Stevens

St. Louis (KSDK) - A preliminary court injunction will prevent two St. Louis brothers from selling mislabeled meat that included animal organs, such as cow hearts.

Michael Kolish and his brother, Thomas, own John's Butcher Shoppee in Overland and Festus.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the Kolish Brothers were not honest when they described what was in their ground beef and sausages.

Koster said the Kolish Brothers violated state and federal laws because they intentionally misrepresented their product to make a profit. The ground beef contained more than 50 percent cow heart and other products, including soy, bone and other ingredients that could not be identified.

A judge granted an order in Hillsboro Tuesday afternoon, banning the sale of misidentified beef products.

Koster said 16 separate tests on products sold by John's Butcher Shoppee by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Agriculture confirmed that products advertised as ground beef and sausage contained heart muscle. Further tests on the company's sausage also found the product contained soy.

The lawsuit against the brothers seeks restitution for customers.  It's unclear as to how that will be worked out.

Koster said there is no public safety issue, but organ meat is considerable higher in cholesterol.

Neither the Kolish Brothers nor their attorney had anything to say at the end of a very short court session.

KSDK

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