MOSCOW, May 7 (RAPSI) – The Saratov Region Commercial Court has upheld a complaint filed by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) to fine Burger Rus, a subsidiary of Burger King, 300,000 rubles ($8,450) for the above-limit amount of microorganisms in the company’s sandwiches, RAPSI learned in the court on Wednesday.

According to the Rospotrebnadzor department for the Saratov Region, a surprise inspection of Burger King’s restaurant in Saratov revealed violations of sanitary norms and technical regulations.

The plaintiff said the examination showed that Burger King’s chicken sandwich did not meet the requirements of the Customs Union’s food safety regulations. In particular, there were E.coli bacteria in chicken sandwiches and Whopper burgers.

Rospotrebnadzor said there were no sterilization lamps in the restaurant’s areas where cold dishes, ready meals and soft-serve ice cream are prepared and stored, and six restaurant employees had no medical records on file.

Burger King is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in the United States. It was founded in 1954 and currently has over 13,000 restaurants worldwide, which makes it the second largest fast food chain worldwide. The company’s franchise entered Russian market in 2010. Burger King Russia was co-founded in 2012 by VTB Capital, Burger Rus and Burger King Worldwide.