But the federal office of the Rospotrebnadzor consumer safety watchdog took the campaign to a new level by ordering checks into McDonald's locations stretching from the European portion of Russia across the Ural Mountains and into Siberia. "We have a letter - it is an order from the federal (Rospotrebnadzor) service that that is based on a government decree," an official at the consumer watchdog's Ivanovo district office in central Russia told the Interfax news agency.
The paper cited a senior source as saying that the McDonald's checks were being conducted on government orders that apparently had little relation to health or consumer safety concerns. "That is why the (Moscow) restaurants were immediately closed, even though when scheduled (safety) checks are conducted, first a written warning is usually issued," the unnamed source in one of Russia's federal agencies told the paper.
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