McDonald’s stores are closing across Sri Lanka.

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McDonald’s stores across Sri Lanka have been closed after the US fast-food giant launched a legal battle with its local franchisee over allegations of poor hygiene, court officials said.

The Colombo Commercial High Court ordered the closure until April 4 after the parent company accused the local franchisee of failing to meet international hygiene standards.

McDonald’s told the court that they terminated a franchise agreement with local company Abans last week. The examination is scheduled to resume in early April.

There was no immediate comment from McDonald’s or Aban’s, which has owned the franchise with 12 outlets since the US company entered Sri Lanka in 1998.

 

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