Industry News | January 15, 2002

McDonald's Stores in Sydney Receive White Powder

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Reuters is reporting that McDonald's temporarily shut two stores in Sydney on Tuesday after a number of its outlets in Australia's largest city received suspicious envelopes containing white powder, police said.

A police statement described in the report said the substance had been taken to police forensic laboratories for examination.

"Ambulance officers have provided precautionary treatment to a number of employees," said police, as quoted in the Reuters report.

McDonald's Australia said in the Reuters report that only some of the suspicious envelopes sent to its stores contained the unidentified substance. However, restaurant managers across the country had been told not to open any mail until further notice, said the report.