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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Auchan Faces Charges for Vodka Poster

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service accused Auchan of violating advertising laws after the chain advertised a private-label brand of vodka without a health warning, the watchdog said Thursday in a statement.

Banners for Krepost vodka — an Auchan brand — depicting three vodka bottles with a slogan saying “Auchan Products are the Best Balance Between Price and Quality” did not have health warnings on them, the service said.

The banners had other violations as well, including a lack of information detailing the advantage of the product over other similar products and the price of the vodka, the service said.

Auchan has not received any official documents from the service on the case, a company spokesman said, RIA-Novosti reported.

The first hearing of the case is scheduled for Aug. 19, the service said.

The incident is not the first time authorities have gone after the French retailer. Last month, state inspectors threatened to revoke the store’s liquor license after a surprise inspection uncovered thousands of bottles of cognac with counterfeit labels.

In May, the company was banned from selling alcohol in its stores until it complied with new accounting regulations. Last year, the opening of Auchan’s Troika shopping center was delayed for months amid a dispute over building permits.