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​Court temporarily closes 3 McDonald’s outlets in Moscow

Published time: August 27, 2014 16:01
Edited time: August 28, 2014 07:37
People walk past a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in Moscow (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

People walk past a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in Moscow (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

A Russian court has ordered the temporary closure of three McDonald’s outlets in Moscow for 90 days over breaches in sanitation. This brings the total number of the company’s restaurants closed around the country to six.

The Wednesday ruling by the court has closed McDonald's restaurants in Moscow at Bolshaya Bronnaya Street, Prospect Mira Street and Manezhnaya Square, the fast-food giant says in a statementon its website. The outlets have previously been suspended by food safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.

As the result of spot inspections by the watchdog four McDonald's outlets are closed in Moscow and two in the cities of Stavropol and Yekaterinburg.

McDonald's said it would appeal Wednesday's rulings.

"We do not agree with the courts' decisions and will appeal them according to established procedures," McDonald’s said on its website.

The decision to suspend the outlets is an extreme measure, and in this case it is clearly not justified, Maxim Titarenko, a lawyer representing the company, said.

"The violations mentioned by the Rospotrebnadzor have already been eliminated or are being eliminated," said the lawyer, adding that an appeal will be made during the day.

Russia is one of McDonald’s top seven major markets outside the United States and Canada, with 438 restaurants in 75 Russian cities serving more than one million customers a day according to the company’s website.

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