Eating habits of some Russians may be forced to change. Several varieties of McDonald’s burgers and milk shakes could be off the menu.
Russia’s main consumer watchdog has filed a lawsuit against the American fast-food chain. It claims its inspectors had found violations of food standards by the company.
The court case comes at a low point in relations between Washington and Moscow.
“I can say that decisions are made in Russia for political reasons. It’s just we put occasional bans in place: one day we won’t like Moldavian wine, then suddenly import of Georgian wine gets banned. This ban and campaign against McDonald’s is a typical case of the same sort,” said Nikita Petrov who lives in Moscow.
McDonald’s opened its first outlet in Moscow in 1990 and now has 400 in Russia. In April it suspended work at its three restaurants in Crimea after Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea resort. The US company has to date made no comment.