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3. September 2004  
Authorities crack down on McDonald's

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is harshly criticizing fast-food chain McDonald's after inspections of eight restaurants revealed poor hygiene. The authorities cited them for lack of cleanliness and deficient routines.

The restaurants were randomly selected from the Oslo area to Norway's west coast. One McDonald's in the Oslo suburb of Bekkestua was prohibited from selling milkshakes in June, because authorities feared they contained bacteria.

Another McDonald's in the Kvadrat Shopping Center in Sandnes, south of Stavanger, was ordered to wash its kitchen.

Norway's national commercial radio station P4 reported Friday that several other McDonald's were cited for poor cleaning routines and other deficiencies.

"It's quite serious when McDonald's doesn't manage to maintain good cleanliness routines," said Guri Espeland of the mid-Rogaland office for the food authority (Mattilsynet).

Espeland noted that poor hygiene raises the danger of food poisoning.

A McDonald's spokesperson said the restaurants would improve conditions.

"This we must do immediately, in cooperation with the restaurants involved," said Hilde verby, quality chief for McDonald's in Norway. "I will travel around and ensure that things get better."

Via Aftenposten News in English.


3. Oktober 2003  
Sick?

I came across this article in the english edition of the norwegian newspaper "Aftenposten". It's about a policeman who was fired for having sex with women in the office he used to interview asylum seekers.

Taking advantage of people in a terrible situation should in itself be a crime, but no:

The 52-year-old police sergeant is protesting his dimissal, claiming that he was overworked and lost the ability to draw a line between his professional and private lives.

"The police chief is firing a sick man," he complained to newspaper VG.

Indeed!

But he got support:

A psychologist and a doctor have claimed that the man was made ill by too much overtime. Sex, the psychologist said, became "a form of intoxication" that in which the police sergeant himself sought refuge.

As far as I know, being intoxicated has not aquitted anyone from a sentence for any crime, like drunk driving!

The case raises questions as to whether the police sergeant abused his authority over women who faced being deported from Norway. He admits his actions were "stupid," but he's appealed his dismissal in the hopes of regaining his job.



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