The Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor is not making any exception for McDonalds: this chain's closed restaurants can only reopen through the courts, said the agency chief Anna Popova.
"Upon addressing all complaints, upon eliminating all violations, and having proved this to a court, any legal person may resume its work. There have never been any exemptions here for anyone, and I see no reason for them to be," Popova told a press conference at the Interfax head office on Wednesday.
She was responding to a question about whether the closed McDonalds restaurants in Russia might re-open.
Rospotrebnadzor works strictly in accordance with Russian laws, including the Code of Administrative Offenses, she said.
Courts shut down three McDonalds restaurants in Moscow after checks carried out by Rospotrebandzor on August 18-20 revealed violations of both the sanitary and consumer-rights protection laws.
The watchdog's Moscow office said that the reason for the temporary closure was multiple violations of sanitary legislation.
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