Russia closes McDonald's restaurants for 'sanitary violations'

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Consumer watchdog closes four Moscow branches following inspections, in move seen by critics as part of sanctions war
Wednesday 20 August



Russia has shut down four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow for alleged sanitary violations in a move critics said was the latest blow in its tit-for-tat sanctions tussle with the west.

The federal monitoring service for consumer rights and wellbeing announced on Wednesday that the offending outlets included the famous restaurant on Pushkin Square that opened just before the fall of the Soviet Union. The body said the eateries were being shut down for "sanitary violations" discovered during inspections this week.

The agency has a history of banning food from countries out of favour with Moscow, and the move will almost certainly be taken as a political statement in the sanctions war. It has previously banned wine from Georgia and dairy products from Belarus after those two countries began to improve relations with the west. This summer, it has banned canned vegetables, fruit, fish, juice and certain beer and vodka from Ukraine.

Earlier in August, President Putin ordered an embargo on meat, poultry, fish, dairy and produce from the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway and the European Union in response to those countries' economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Employees at the Pushkin Square restaurant and another McDonald's directly outside the Kremlin walls said on Wednesday evening they were temporarily closed but refused to provide any more information. In a statement, McDonald's said it was studying the watchdog's complaints to "determine the actions necessary to open our restaurants to customers as soon as possible".

The consumer watchdog said inspections would continue in other McDonald's restaurants. The chain has 430 restaurants in 70 Russian cities and employs more than 35,000 people there.

Russia closes McDonald's restaurants for 'sanitary violations' | World news | The Guardian
 

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Mcdonalds, KFC etc are addictive; more so in these days of fast life where time is at a premium and people don't want to cook.

Will Russians take it lying down?
 

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it just american cheap crap wrapped in glossy brand to promote americanism.:rofl::laugh::lol:
 

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Only the hungry children of Moscow will suffer because of Putin's Russianism. :)
 

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IMHO, getting rid off McDee or KFC is the best way to have a healthy generation of kids. These Fast Food chains are one of the few most responsible for obesity and poor health worldwide in urban populace. I don't think there would be much protest for this action. Russia is not UK, where any protest against state is considered in vogue.
 

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A lot more retaliatory steps would be coming, if the West persist on sanctions. Europe and US farmers are reeling under foodstuff ban. It is going to be a serious dent in farm income.

US could not rejoice too much on all the sanctions on Russia. Now these sanctions are biting back.
 

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IMHO, getting rid off McDee or KFC is the best way to have a healthy generation of kids. These Fast Food chains are one of the few most responsible for obesity and poor health worldwide in urban populace. I don't think there would be much protest for this action. Russia is not UK, where any protest against state is considered in vogue.
+1

Good move by Russia, whether it was retaliation for sanctions or not.
McD has a reputation of selling crap for money. People must be retards to go to McD to eat that shit.

Only the hungry children of Moscow will suffer because of Putin's Russianism. :)
Lol. Good one.
 

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