Published on : Jul 25, 2014
A lawsuit has been filed in a Moscow court by the Russian consumer protection agency to seek ban on some products from McDonald\'s Corp\'s burgers menu, along with its ice creams and shakes menu.
A regional branch of the agency has recently filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare a ban on some products due to some inappropriateness in physical-chemical parameters in the products.
The list of products banned from production and sale include Chicken Burger, Cheeseburger, Royal Cheeseburger and Filet-o-Fish, but not the brand’s flagship product Big Mac burger.
In-response to the news, the brand stated that it had neither received a complaint from the agency nor does it have any information about any such lawsuit. It stated that it was producing food according to the methods approved by Russian food authorities.
The lawsuit has emerged three months after the brand decided to close its branches in Crimea, the Ukrainian region which was annexed by Russia in March and then received sanctions from US and Europe. At the time, some Russian politicians have demanded all the McDonald’s outlets in Russia to be shut.
A preliminary hearing is expected to be held on this regards on August 13, and a key hearing in September.
McDonald’s, which first opened in Moscow in 1990, has some 400 outlets in Russia and perceives the country one amongst its top seven markets outside US and Canada.