Russia Seeks to Ban McDonald’s as Retaliation Against the U.S.


Another day in downtown Kiev, nyet?

McDonald’s is no stranger to the headlines of PRNewser. In fact, we even dedicated a story tag after the repeat bad news: #McFail. However, bad brand news out of Russia involving the home of the Clown isn’t their fault…this time.

That said, Mr. Gorbachev may want to re-erect that wall, because the Cold War has returned: Russia wants to ban McDonald’s. As in, everywhere in the country.

Can’t we talk a little, Putin? I mean, for the children?

The headline from the Moscow Times has quickly made the rounds stateside, leading many to believe this is only because of the sanctions the U.S. government recently dropped on the Russian Federation.

McDonald’s burgers and shakes could become the latest victims of worsening ties between Moscow and Washington after a Russian consumer watchdog agency accused the U.S. chain of sanitary violations.

“…We have identified violations that put the product quality and safety of the entire McDonald’s chain in doubt,” Anna Popova, head of the Federal Consumer Protection Service, was quoted as saying on Friday by Inetrfax.

McDonalds-MoscowRecords show 424 franchised locations in Putin’s crosshairs. The Russian consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, has asked its federal court to declare the fast-food chain’s salads,  “Royal” cheeseburgers, Filet-O-Fish, milkshakes, and ice-cream desserts with fruit toppings “illegal because of inappropriate physical-chemical and microbiological parameters.”

Whatever that means, yeech! McDonald’s, your turn:

“For the 25 years that McDonald’s has been working in the Russian market, its main priority has been to provide quality and safe products to our visitors,” the company said by email. It added that its calculations of energy and nutritional value were based on the methodologies approved by a Russian state institution.

So, come on, America. Don’t take that mess. What can we ban: Sour cream? Rye bread? Beef Stroganoff (although this will piss my mom off something fierce)? How about caviar?

Let the cold (food) war begin.