21 August 2014 – McDonald’s in Russia

There is news today that Russia has closed some of its flagship McDonalds in Moscow, citing on-going breaches of its sanitary laws. As other branches in the Urals are also being checked, a BBC report quotes Quentin Peel (former Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times) who said:
“There are now something like 300 McDonald’s across the country, and they’ve got an enormous network of people providing them with potatoes, and beef, and everything that goes into the product… In fact, it’s going to hit an enormous number of people inside Russia.”

Apart from the political overtones, this is also a further example of the complex inter-connections between global and local food supply chains. You can read the BBC news report here

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