MOSCOW, February 20 - RAPSI. A regional commercial court has satisfied the consumer protection authority's application to impose administrative punishment on Metro Cash & Carry for substandard goods storage, sales and supply, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/

The regulator's on-site inspection has shown that the store purchased, stored and supplied canned diary products, boiled sausage and canned fish that did not meet government standards.

In particular, canned sardines manufactured by the Baltic Industrial Complex did not taste the same as other such products, the regulator reported. They had a "strange smell and an aged oily flavor," it added.

The inspection has also revealed that some of the condensed milk and sausage did not satisfy standards.

The court has fined Metro 50,000 rubles ($1,700).

Metro Cash & Carry is a trading division of the German METRO Group, a leading global cash and carry chain. It operates 57 Metro Cash & Carry stores in Russia.