Police apprehended more than 500 hamburgers at a McDonald's location in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, monday afternoon.
The mananger of the location was arrested and
taken to the police station to testify about the incident and then released
after paying a US$ 750 bail. He is going to be prosecuted for jeopardizing
public health and careless customer service.
According to the police, 270 hamburgers that had
expired in April 9th were found in the cold storage and other 250 hamburgers
were found without any piece of identification. A total of 40 kg of meat were
apprehended. Despite being considered a crime, the store was not shut down and
remains open to the public.
The responsible officer for the case, Marcelo
Jacobucci, said other irregularities affecting McDonald's are being investigated
and new operations may start in a few days. The officer said that the mananger
was arrested because at the moment of the flagrant, he was the responsible for
the store. He said the employee justified the apprehension as an "act of
sabotage from other employee".
The McDonald's press relations departament released a bulletin saying that "the company is cooperating with police to find the facts and reiterates that follows international food safety procedures".