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Russia Launches 80 Administrative Cases Over McDonald's Checks

Russia's food safety agency has launched 80 administrative cases against companies and individuals as a result of sanitary control checks on McDonald's restaurants across the country.

Russian media reports on September 10 cited the agency, Rospotrebnadzor, as saying that 228 food samples from McDonald's restaurants have been checked. It said 6.5 percent of the samples were found to be dangerous for human health.

Rospotrebnadzor said the checks continue.

Eight McDonald's restaurants currently remain shut, out of a total of 435 in 85 towns and cities across Russia.

Rospotrebnadzor said it ordered the closures for sanitary reasons, but they coincided with heightened tensions over the Ukraine crisis and persistent anti-Western propaganda in the Russian state media.

Based on reporting by Izvestia, RIA Novosti and RTR