American Olympians’ Chobani yogurt banned from Sochi games

American Olympians’ Chobani yogurt banned from Sochi games

YOGURT IS A NO-GO: Chobani, so far, isn't allowed to be shipped to Sochi. Photo: Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.

Schumer said that a shipment of Chobani yogurt is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of “unattainable” Russian Customs certifications.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has requested that Russia approve a USDA safety certificate for the yogurt, but Schumer said Russia still won’t allow the shipment.

SPECIAL COVERAGE: 2014 Winter Olympics

Chobani, based in upstate New York, is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team. Schumer said the yogurt will be eaten only by U.S. citizens in Sochi.

A call to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s press office wasn’t immediately returned.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

‘Pan’ taps origins of Peter Pan’s 100-year pop culture adventure


In the century since Scottish author J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan for a stage play then a book, the Neverland universe has inspired movies, books, TV shows, plays, video games and even a pop psychology syndrome describing emotionally immature men.

in Entertainment

Keanu Reeves wants to have a third ‘Bill & Ted’ adventure


The "Matrix" star says a script for the third installment of the "excellent" time-traveling franchise is in the works.

in Entertainment

Neil Patrick Harris writing children’s books


The "How I Met Your Mother" star is penning a new series called "The Magic Misfits."

in Music

Janet Jackson, Chicago, Steve Miller, and NIN among Rock Hall nominees


Cheap Trick, The Smiths, and Chaka Khan are also among those nominated.

in Entertainment

Taraji P. Henson: ‘Empire’ feud rumors are ‘silly’


“Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard have branded rumors of an on-set feud “silly”. The pair play former…