Russia refuses to accept a shipment of 5,000 cups of Chobani yogurt, claiming the U.S. Agriculture Department failed to provide a necessary certificate. Despite Senator Chuck Schumer’s assertion that the standard trade rule didn’t apply as the yogurt was not meant to be sold, the yogurt stayed in its refrigerated Newark Airport warehouse. So as not to lose the product entirely to spoilage, Senator Schumer and Chobani work together to donate the yogurt to Saint John’s Soup Kitchen in New Jersey and to the Food Bank For New York City. Senator Schumer:
While we did not prevail, there is a silver – or gold – lining in the news that the yogurt will be donated to hungry men, women and children in New York and New Jersey.