In the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, several McDonald’s restaurants were closed in the Crimea.
Recently, McDonald’s in China was suspected of selling of expired products. Reportedly, Shanghai Husi Ltd was supplying expired meat, which was then used for the production of McDonald’s burgers.
McDonald’s had been repeatedly accused of misleading customers in the information about food ingredients. A few years ago, it was reported that laboratory experts at the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who examined the content of a milkshake from the food chain, said that it contained vegetable oils, including unhealthy palm oil. The experts found that there were no dangerous preservatives used in the restaurants of the chain, but the norm of salt, sugar and fat was above the norm.
Representatives of Rospotrebnadzor said that the content of fat, protein and carbohydrates in these product did not correspond to the data indicated in information sheets. The violation was revealed as a result of a routine checkup conducted in May of this year in two restaurants of the chain in the city of Novgorod. Inspection officers found significant violations of the law, the lawsuit says.
The hearings on the case will be held in August. The restaurants, where the violations were found, are likely to be closed before the trial starts.
However, Rospotrebnadzor officials in Novgorod said that the department was not going to ban the entire production and sales of McDonald’s in Russia. The head of the regional department, Anatoly Rossolovsky, said that the department only required the company should inform consumers properly about the amount of fats and carbohydrates in food products.