The operations of another three McDonald's restaurants in Russia - two in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and one in the town of Serpukhov near Moscow - have been suspended, the company said on its website.
"Based on the results of recent surprise inspections, Rospotrebnadzor [Russia's consumer rights watchdog] has suspended the operations of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow (29, Bolshaya Bronnaya Street, 1, Manezh Square and 97, Mira Avenue), one outlet in the Moscow region (the town of Serpukhov, 1, Borisovskoye Highway), one in Stavropol (13/1, Kulakov Avenue), one in Yekaterinburg (8c, 8 March Street), and two in Sochi (3, Moskovskaya Street and 108a, Lazarev Street)," McDonald's said on its website.
On August 20 Rospotrebnadzor suspended operations of three McDonald's enterprises in Moscow, including the first one to open in Russia in 1990 at Pushkinskaya Square.
The work of McDonald's outlets was suspended after the inspections, during which the sanitary service registered numerous violations of sanitary and consumer rights legislation. Rospotrebnadzor experts for Moscow opened cases on administrative offences over the violations found.
The McDonald's chain is being checked in a number of Russian regions. According to the regional department of Rospotrebnadzor, inspections of McDonald's outlets have taken place in particular in Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Petrozavodsk, Tatarstan, Veliky Novgorod, Saratov, and Kaliningrad. Checks are planned to be carried out in other cities as well.
The McDonald's chain includes over 430 branches in Russia, over 100 of which are in Moscow. In 2013 the oldest McDonald's in Russia on Moscow's Pushinskaya Square was among McDonald's top ten branches in Europe in terms of turnover.
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