Nearly 25 years after McDonald’s delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company could be banned from selling some of its signature products.
The Russian consumer protection agency said it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations.
McDonald’s did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The move comes amid especially high tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis.
The US has slapped an array of sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine for allegedly supporting separatist rebels who are fighting in eastern Ukraine.
There is no demonstrable connection between the McDonald’s lawsuit and the tensions, but the consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, has a history of actions that appear to dovetail with Russia’s political agenda.
As tensions between Russia and Georgia escalated before their 2008 war, Russia banned the import of Georgian wine and mineral water – two of its major export products – for failing to meet sanitary regulations.