by Susanne Posel
July 26, 2014
RIA Novosti, Russian funded media, Ekaterina Korotova,
press secretary for the Moscovite Tverskoi court, said that,
"the court could ban the production
of cheeseburgers, Royal Cheeseburgers, Filet-o-Fish sandwiches,
Chicken Burgers, as well as milkshakes and ice cream with fruit
In a statement, Rospotrebnadzor
"Caesar wrap sandwiches and a
vegetable salad were contaminated with
coliform bacteria, which
indicates the likelihood of food poisoning."
In a court case brought by
Rospotrebnadzor, a consumer watchdog group, the organization alleged
"McDonald's products contain more
fat, protein and carbohydrates than are allowed by the country's
Rospotrebnadzor is short
for the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights
Protection and Human Well-Being, which is the governmental
agency tasked with protecting consumer rights in Russia.
This agency was originally a branch of
the Russian Ministry of Health Care (MHC); however since 2012, the
"reports directly to the Russian government".
The regulatory responsibilities and
oversight tasked to Rospotrebndzor includes:
Performs the sanitary control,
control and issuing some kinds of permissive documents
Performs licensing of certain
kinds of activities
Performs certification of
different objects of evaluating of conformity to Russian
Performs sanitary certification
of production according to the requirements of the Customs
Performs state registration of
production of the RF (excepting medicaments)
Performs state registration of
production of the Customs Union on the territory of Russia
Anna Popova, chief sanitary
officer for Rospotrebndzor
"Rospotrebnadzor has grievances
about product quality and safety of the McDonald's fast-food
restaurant. We have identified violations which put the product
quality and safety of the entire McDonald's chain in doubt."
Nina Prasolova, representative for
"The company had not received an
official complaint from either the court or Rospotrebnadzor, and
that the nutritional information of its food was based on the
methodology approved by the Food Institute of the Russian
American media claims
"has previously been accused of
acting in the political interests of the Kremlin, banning
Georgian wine as Tbilisi strengthened ties with Washington and
spirits from Moldova after the former Soviet republic boosted
its drive to partner with the European Union."
Other media outlets suggest that this
accusation by Rospotrebndzor against McDonalds is
somehow tied to the downed Malaysian flight MH17 that was
allegedly shot down by pro-Russian soldiers.
announced they are "sticking with
OSI Group", the Illinois-based
meat supplier that was
caught providing expired food that was
reconditioned to their corporation; as well as YUM Brands, including
KFC and Pizza Hut.
McDonalds said in a statement:
"According to OSI, Chinese
authorities have inspected Husi's other facilities, allowing us
to confidently serve our customers."
The fast-food chain is sourcing,
"sourced chicken, beef, pork and
lettuce from Shanghai Husi" and will accept products from a "new
state-of-the-art facility in Henan."
YUM Brands and Starbucks have stopped
purchasing products from OSI Group because of the scandal.