Bugs and mold on burgers at Russia’s McD’s knockoff cause uproar
Images shared on social media suggest that some Russian McDonald’s customers are unhappy with the new menu after receiving their meals.
After Russia invaded Ukraine, McDonald’s left the country, and last month, a local version of the burger brand named Vkusno & Tochka (tasty and that is that) relaunched to considerable excitement.
Some Russian consumers apparently were not pleased to see protein in their Combos, the Russian name for the Happy Meal.
There have been reports of bugs and what seem like insect legs in the burgers, as well as reports of mould growing on the buns.
Another Twitter user showed the unfortunate results of Russia’s trial with fast food import replacement by posting a video of birds pecking at a stack of burger buns outside a store.
A representative for the business said , “product quality and safety is our top priority,” in response to the allegations. All required processes are adhered to during the storing and preparing of products.
The entire production run was scrapped because of one defective item.
There are, of course, countless reports of insects being discovered in fast food from American restaurants.
However, opposition lawmaker and television personality Ksenia Sobchak said on her Telegram channel that the new Russian company “doesn’t quite honour the standards of McDonald’s, at least in terms of product quality control.”
According to her tweet, “”Today alone, at least three cases have been recorded when burgers with moldy buns were sold to catering customers,” She also claimed that customers had been served condiments that had expired.
She essentially said, “Guys, you’ll figure it out,” she wrote, “you don’t need to poison people.”
McDonald’s was one of many corporations that left Russia after President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began, despite having been there for three decades after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The McDonald’s chain, which was recently sold to Russian billionaire Alexander Govor after he ran 25 locations in Siberia, according to Reuters that on its first day of business last month, they sold a record 120,000 burgers.
CEO Oleg Paroev told reporters before the reopening that the business’s goal was that guests “do not notice a difference either in quality or ambience.” This comes as the company aims to reopen all 850 restaurants in Russia by the end of the summer.
The relaunched fast food restaurant keeps the familiar McDonald’s decor but eliminates any references to its former moniker. The “Grand Deluxe,” “Double Grand,” and “Big Special.” burgers on the menu make up for the lack of Big Macs and McFlurries.