Russia Taking McDonald’s To Court, Threatens Countrywide Shutdown
The scary-looking clown named Ronald McDonald and his minions are going to court.
Russia, which has already denounced genetically modified food earlier this year, is now taking McDonald’s to court. A Moscow court recently announced that the fast food chain has violated Russia’s nutrition and safety codes for many of its burger and ice cream products.
The case is set to be heard at Tverskoi District Court. Russian health officials are already threatening to place a temporary ban on McDonald’s ice cream, milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and Filet-O-Fish and chicken sandwiches. A hearing is scheduled for August 13.
Safety of the entire McDonald’s fast food chain called into question by Russian health officials
The Interfax news agency reported that Russia’s consumer protection agency has identified several product quality violations that have called into question the safety and integrity of the entire McDonald’s food chain. The McDonald’s products under question contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by Russia’s health-conscious regulations.
Inspections at two McDonald’s restaurants in Novgorod found that caloric values of milk shakes, fish sandwiches and Royal Cheeseburgers (the Russian equivalent of Quarter Pounders) exceeded safety standards, harboring two to three times more calories per serving than legally allowed.
This means that the court could temporarily shut down all of McDonald’s operations in Russia. A spokesperson for the Tverskoi District Court, Yekaterina Korotova, didn’t comment on the matter but relayed that the consumer protection agency is demanding that the court “halt McDonald’s illegal activity.”
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Big Mac bun is nothing close to real bread
While calorie, fat and carbohydrate levels of McDonald’s food measure through the roof, it’s what the food is made out of that should be most troubling to consumers.
For example, a Big Mac bun is not real bread but, instead, a mixture of bleached wheat, malted barley flour, thiamin mononitrate and fake vitamin enrichments. This enriched flour is mixed with the biotech industry’s usual flavor science of high-fructose corn syrup and soybean and canola oil. A couple of ammonia compounds like ammonium sulfate and ammonium chloride are added along with dangerous conditioners like azodicarbonamide, which is outlawed in some countries.
McDonald’s also preserves its buns using sorbic acid, calcium propionate and sodium propionate, while conditioning the dough further by using ingredients like sodium stearoyl lactylate, DATEM and mono- and diglycerides.
To finish it off, the bread concoction is riddled with salt, sugar, wheat gluten and soy lecithin.
And this is only the McDonald’s buns.
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Lance Johnson is a passionate learner, researcher, writer, and entre-health-leader. He and his wife have launched an all natural products movement from the ground up at www.allnaturalfreespirit.com.
The Johnson’s are inspired by natural healing and the lifestyle changes that have awoken their spirit and given them quality of life.