MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) - With the third McDonald's restaurant closed in the Russian southern city of Volgograd, the total number of the fast food chain's restaurants temporarily out of service in the country reaches ten, a statement released on the McDonald's official website on Wednesday said.
"As a result of the mass unscheduled inspections of [Russia's public health watchdog] Rospotrebnadzor the work of 10 McDonald's restaurants in Russia has been temporarily suspended," the press release said.
According to the document, three McDonald's restaurants in Volgograd, three in Moscow, one in Serpukhov in the Moscow region, two in Yekaterinburg and one in Sochi have been temporarily shut down.
McDonald's press service added that the company is planning to appeal the court decision on the closure of the restaurants at a higher judicial level.
Earlier this week McDonald's stated that it has lost 0.92 percent in diluted earnings in the third quarter of 2014 because of the temporary closures of the restaurants in Russia and Ukraine.
McDonald's, which is one of the biggest fast food restaurant chains in the world, has 451 restaurants in Russia. Since August Russian consumer protection officials have carried out over 200 safety inspections at various McDonald's premises throughout the country.
Rospotrebnadzor said numerous breaches of sanitary regulations had been found at the burger chain's restaurants. The watchdog also stated that McDonald's products contain more fat, protein and carbohydrates than are allowed in Russia. The most recent closure of a McDonald's restaurant in Volgograd was as a result of it failing to reach Russian hygiene standards, including some of the products testing positive for E.coli bacteria.