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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Big Tasty Displays Its Calorie Count

McDonald's is changing its packaging in Russia to show how many calories are in Big Macs and other foods it sells.

The change started Wednesday in Moscow and will include all of McDonald's 150 restaurants in the country, spokeswoman Nina Prasolova said.

"A Big Tasty has 850 calories, which is 43 percent of an average young lady's daily needs," Prasolova said of McDonald's best-selling sandwich in Russia. "A medium-sized french fries has 450."

McDonald's is making the switch at all its outlets worldwide this year after its branches in Turin, Italy, began providing calorie counts during the Winter Olympics in February. In Russia, McDonald's will monitor sales after changing its packaging, seek customer comments and then alter its menu accordingly, Prasolova said.

The company's Russian sales are rising more than 25 percent per year. Khamzat Khasbulatov, head of McDonald's in eastern Europe, said in March that Russia was "one of the most attractive" markets and "comparable to China."