Auchan faces 3-month closure in Russia over repeated violations
The hearing at the Moscow Arbitration Court is scheduled for November 2.
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The French retailer has already been fined 25 million rubles ($380,000) after failing a number of inspections. Recent checks by Russia’s agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor discovered horse meat in minced pork, out-of-date sausage in pizza and intestinal bacterium in pre-packaged meat.
Auchan has owned up to some of the reported violations and promised to rectify them. Following the inspections, several hundred employees were suspended, but no stores were shut, according to Rospotrebnadzor officials.
The company filed two lawsuits against the agriculture watchdog at the end of August, but both cases have been dropped.
Auchan became the largest foreign company working in Russia last year. It has a turnover of 371 billion rubles ($5.7 billion), according to Russian Forbes.