U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has sent a letter to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak urging the Olympic host to allow Chobani to ship its Greek yogurt to athletes in Sochi.

Schumer is asking Kislyak to expedite paperwork so that the yogurt-less U.S. Olympic team can start enjoying what must be an enormous shipment of Chobani. Right now, the precious Greek yogurt is sitting in storage at Newark International Airport because it is being withheld entry to the Russian Federation. More specifically, the Russian Federation’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has not yet given the green light for the product to clear customs. Schumer said in a statement,

With the Sochi Olympic Games starting at the end of this week, there is simply no time to waste in getting our Olympic athletes and employees a nutritious and delicious breakfast—Chobani Greek Yogurt.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also urged the Russians to expedite needed approvals for the Greek yogurt.

If the U.S. athletes don’t get their Chobani soon, they’ll be all like…


Here is Schumer’s letter to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in case you want to read it while eating you’re strawberry non-fat Chobani:

Dear Ambassador Sergey Kislyak:

I write today to bring to your attention an urgent issue that has resulted in the shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games being withheld entry to the Russian Federation. As the United States and its Olympic athletes prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games which commence later this week, the Russian Federation should accept the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s AMS sanitary certificate for a one-time non-commercial shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt to U.S. athletes and staff.

As you know, the USDA has sent a letter to the Russian Federation’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) requesting permission for Chobani to be able to supply U.S. athletes during the games. The USDA is seeking the approval of an AMS sanitary certificate for export to the Russian Federation, which would be only for a one-time shipment of Greek yogurt and solely for the consumption of U.S. citizens during the 2014 Olympic games.

I understand the need for high food safety standards for dairy products. However, the U.S. government has confirmed that sanitary standards have been met to ensure that this yogurt will be safe for consumption by American Citizens attending and participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics. As the world looks forward to a successful 2014 Winter Olympics, I urge your country’s immediate approval of the entry of this shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.


Charles E. Schumer

U.S. Senator

[via Democrat & Chronicle, Grub Street]