Published: Thursday 15 November 2001

Health officials of Buenos Aires have filed a lawsuit against McDonalds Corporation as Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria was detected in hamburgers from four outlets. The officials have urged that a fine of us $500,000 should be imposed on the company. "Contamination was confirmed by conducting a series of tests," said Marta Lopez Barrios, head of the Buenos Aires health authorities. This is for the second time that action is being taken against the company. In August 2001, four outlets of the corporation were closed following complaints from a customer, who had fallen ill after having a chicken burger. But later on the outlets were reopened as some officials opined that the corporation was observing health codes. Recently, even Chilean authorities had found E coli in chicken burgers of McDonald's outlet located in Santiago.

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