January 17, 2018

Russian Health Officials Say Nyet to Whoppers with E.coli

Russian health officials are fining a Burger Rus restaurant 300,000 rubles ($8,450) for selling Whoppers and chicken sandwiches tainted with E. coli, according to RAPSI, the Russian Legal Information Agency. Burger Rus is a Russian subsidiary of Burger King.

Undercooked HamburgersWhen health officials made a surprise inspection of the restaurant in Saratov they discovered food safety violations including missing food safety equipment and employees medical files. Testing revealed the chicken sandwiches and Whoppers were contaminated with E.coli.

The RAPSI report did not mention illnesses. But E.coli poisoning can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody.

Burger King began franchising in Russia in 2010. Two years later, Burger King Russia was established  by VTB Capital, Burger Rus and Burger King Worldwide.

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