Russia blocks shipment of US official olympic yogurt to athletes
Russian authorities are denying United States athletes participating in the ongoing winter olympics the nice taste of Chobani yogurt, their official yogurt for the games.
A shipment of 5,000 containers of Chobani yogurt headed for the games in the Russian city of Sochi, has been blocked. Russia says the United States did not submit relevant paperwork required for certification purposes. The yogurt consignment is presently sitting in limbo at the Newark International Airport two days after the games started.
Many athletes prefer the Greek yogurt because of its low fat content. A 6 oz. serving of Greek yogurt contains 0 g of saturated fat and cholesterol. This means you can eat as much yogurt as you want, without putting your heart in any danger, according to an expert advice.
New York senator Charles E. Schumer has launched a campaign to free the yogurt and has written to the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. ”Chobani Yogurt is safe, nutritious and delicious and the Russian Authorities should get past ‘nyet’ and let this prime sponsor of the US Olympic Team deliver their protein-packed food to our athletes” said Schumer in a release.
Peter McGuinness, Chobani marketing executive, said it only seemed natural to send along a shipment of Chobani, given that the product is the official yogurt of the American athletes and they had enjoyed eating it during their training.
According to Schumer, Chobani has turned in all necessary paperwork, but the Russian government is still refusing to accept the yogurt.
The Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. has, however, said that the paperwork is yet to be filed.
Chobani in a recent statement decried the fact that at a time when the focus should be on participating athletes, diplomatic tussle seems to be what is gaining more attention. The company hopes the diplomatic imbroglio will be resolved soonest.