MOSCOW, December 9 (RAPSI) – The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals has upheld a 300,000 ruble fine ($4,300) imposed on Metro Cash & Carry Russia for selling 113 kg of lactose-free cheese produced in the EU countries without official registration, according to court records.

On October 9, the Moscow District Commercial Court fined the company. Metro Cash & Carry Russia has appealed the ruling.

During an inspection of one of the Metro Cash & Carry stores on July 30 Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) revealed violation of regulatory requirements upon sale of lactose-free cheese from France, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark, Austria.

Rospotrebnadzor filed a lawsuit against Metro Cash & Carry following the inspection.

Metro Cash & Carry is a trading division of the German METRO Group, a leading global cash and carry chain.