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Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants in Urals region

by Reuters
A man walks past a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in Moscow August 21, 2014. Photo - Reuters
Russia's food safety watchdog is conducting unscheduled checks at McDonald's restaurants in the Ural mountains region of Sverdlovsk

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