Russia To Ban Several McDonalds Burgers Including Royal And Filet-O-Fish

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Think only the US can engage in the farce known as "sanctions" (why theater, because until Obama sanctions Gazprom, yeah right... crickets... it is nothing but populist theater)? Think again. Overnight Russia's consumer protection agency, filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court - which clearly has nothing to do with recent geopolitical bickering between the former Cold War enemies - seeking to ban some of McDonald's Corp's burgers along with its milk shakes and ice cream, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

The reason for the ban: as Reuters reports, a regional branch of the consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor asked the court to declare production and sales of some products illegal due to "inappropriate physical-chemical parameters."

The lawsuit's list of contested products named the fast-food chain's Royal Cheeseburger, Filet-o-Fish, Cheeseburger and Chicken Burger but not its Big Mac burger.

In other words as Gazprom is to Western sanctions of Russia, so the Big Mac is to Russian countersactions of the US. Impair Russian gas flows to Europe (something which Europe would clearly never allow but indulge us in a thought experiment), and Le Big Mac gets it. And yes, Russia is important to very important for MCD's whose recent earnings have already been disappointing even without having to worry about a Russian embargo: The fast-food company operates about 400 restaurants in Russia and sees the country as one of its top seven major markets outside the United States and Canada, according to its 2013 annual report.

More from Reuters:

McDonald's said in a statement it had not received any complaint from the agency and had no information about the lawsuit. It said its food was produced according to methods approved by Russian authorities.


The lawsuit comes three months after the fast-food chain decided to close its restaurants in Crimea, the Ukraine region whose annexation by Russia in March triggered U.S. and European sanctions. At the time, some Russian politicians called for all McDonald's outlets in Russia to be shut. The court will hold a preliminary hearing on Aug. 13 with the key hearing likely to be scheduled for September, she said.

Of course, with the US already sanctioning transactions in Kalashinkov, should Obama want to re-escalate however without going nuclear (or rather nat gas), he just may have to expand the diplomatic "prohibition" to other core Russian staples, such as vodka. It is unclear just which US fast food chain the Kremlin would then "retaliate" against...

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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:03 | 5002808 blabam
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This means war!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:08 | 5002818 GetZeeGold
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Banning the Royal? What a bunch of freakin Philistines!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002830 Headbanger
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Now it's the Ruskies protecting their precious bodily fluids from us!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:16 | 5002847 NoDebt
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One year from now the headline will read:  Russia reports dramatic drop in rates of obesity and diabetes as protesters demand full McDonalds menu back.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:00 | 5002982 Big Brother
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Now they just have to kick out Monsanto's GMO-midget wheat and they'll be on the track to overall good health.  What's the obesity rate of Russians anyway?  You'd think they'd burn a lot of energy just to keep warm.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:50 | 5004914 Funny Money
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The effects of the alcoholism keep their weight down.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:06 | 5002997 zuuma
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Ohh crap! Without pink slime & expired chicken supplements, Russian's bodies will change.

They'll lno longer need to play video games, watch TV, and do the knockout game.

How will they srvive?


Vodka sales might plummet, too.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:55 | 5003180 Freddie
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"A MF**ing Royal with Cheese (and wood pulp)!"

Racist and Obama supporter Samuel L Jackson from some Tarantino gore fest "movie" for the Weinstein brothers.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002828 thecoloredsky
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Cheeseburgers and circuses

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:15 | 5002852 abatis
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Duck Soup becomes reality:

They got guns,
We got guns,
All God's chillun got guns!
I'm gonna walk all over the battlefield,
'Cause all God's chillun got guns!




Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:20 | 5003053 f16hoser
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In other news; Russia's Obesity levels are set to decline in the very near future...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:22 | 5005080 ajax
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What this boycott means for The Big Mac Index is anybody's guess:

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:06 | 5002815 oudinot
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002832 tarsubil
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Hey, dogs eat their own vomit. Are dogs crazy?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:16 | 5002853 Smegley Wanxalot
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Vomit, or Alpo.  You tell me which is the better choice.  Dogs know first hand, and dogs are saner than your average human, by far. 


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:09 | 5003014 RafterManFMJ
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Crazy or poor.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:14 | 5003259 lordylord
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"Crazy or poor."

More like dumb or lazy.  You can eat cheaper AND better by shopping smart and cooking yourself.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:10 | 5003019 Grumbleduke
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They do that only if there's something left to digest in the vomit.

So, yes - they are cleverer than the average exceptionalist.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:12 | 5003022 zuuma
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I've seen dogs eat turds, too.

That was point where I stopped letting them lick my face.

I could let the ball licking thing slide, but a mouth recently filled with shit was never meant to lick my face.

...But enough about Obummer's dating scenarios.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:06 | 5002816 Smegley Wanxalot
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At least I can get a 17 ounce soda in Moscow without the govt kicking my ass, unlike here in the land of the free.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002827 Jack Sheet
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with Rosneft fusel oil as a chaser.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:14 | 5002831 GetZeeGold
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At least I can get a 17 ounce soda 


Bloomberg is in Israel right will be dealt with harshly will be made an example.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:26 | 5002877 Confused
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No shit......I thought you were kidding. This guy never ceases to amaze at what a fucking asshole he is. Wasn't he on some tropical island while NY was pounded with a giant snow storm? Fuck the plebs right? But he has no problem flying into a fucking "war zone" of the promised land?! What a fucking hack.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002858 oudinot
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Your pancreas won't be happy!!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:10 | 5002822 observer007
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Netherland wants to send military troops to east ukraine:!q=mh17&t=text

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002857 FinalEvent
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No, parliament will decide sunday.

Sunday, because it's the 27th, Christine Lagarde told them.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:20 | 5003057 booboo
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Wait until them Ukrainian military missle units try and knock out the Netherlands Airforce, pigeons are way to dodgey for even the best SAM

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:10 | 5002824 Gringo Viejo
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What's not to like about irradiated fish?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:10 | 5002826 Hongcha
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They have gone too far this time.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:13 | 5002836 Urban Redneck
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The Russians could always send spetsnaz to extraordinarily render Hunter Biden to Russia for a show trial for providing aid and comfort to the Kiev junta... now that the US has once again taken short-sightedness to such an extreme that one must wonder if unforeseen consequences aren't actually intended consequences.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:13 | 5002839 Quinvarius
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The US should join the winning team for once and also ban these products until their chemical composition is more food like.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:14 | 5002842 petaloka
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Unhappy meal.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002859 GetZeeGold
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There is no crying in baseball.....or McDonalds.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:15 | 5002844 Cognitive Dissonance
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So they don't have the Quarter Pounder either? It's called the Royal?

Next thing you know they'll be putting mayonnaise on their freedom fries.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:11 | 5003023 Yes_Questions
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Is there a sign in my front yard?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:14 | 5003030 Cacete de Ouro
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Royale with Cheese

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:52 | 5003167 Seahorse
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:23 | 5002870 oudinot
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:00 | 5002936 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yes, but look at the big brain on Brad who figured this all out on his own.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:59 | 5002977 ajax
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...speaking of the Royale au fromage, have a look at the latest McDonalds billboards here in Switzerland:

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:01 | 5002987 Cognitive Dissonance
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Tasteless advertising to compliment a tasteless burger.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:15 | 5003032 RafterManFMJ
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I'm curious why McDonalds even bothers to advertise. We get it by now - you manufacture pseudo-food at soylent green prices.

Everybody gets it; you see a McDonalds if you drive more than 100 yards in any direction.

They should reduce the ad budget to 0 and have all that cash drop right to the bottom line.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:18 | 5003276 Freddie
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It is not really a burger.  It is slime and wood pulp on a bun.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:07 | 5003004 11b40
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Wow!  They can get chilli on theirs!

We need to stand up and demand equal treatment with the Swiss.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:45 | 5003138 ajax
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not just chili, McDo serves wine and beer as well in its Swiss "restaurants" ...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:22 | 5004138 Seahorse
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Chateau Ronald

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:08 | 5003009 corsair
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They could have called it a Hundred Gramer. :)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:14 | 5002845 digitalindustry
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lol this is one of the only times i totally disagree that this has anything to do with geopolitics.


i just think that guy finally got around to eating one of these things,


instant ban.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:15 | 5002851 RazvanM
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