Is Russian President Vladimir Putin playing games with Americans' yogurt ahead of the Olympics?
New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer is upset that Chobani yogurt is being held up by Russian authorities instead of making its way to American athletes in Sochi. (Chobani is based in Schumer's home state.)
"Unfortunately, this protein-packed, New York-made food has met a serious roadblock in the Russian Government, thanks to an unreasonable customs certificate, and they will not allow the yogurt into the country," Sen. Schumer said in a Wednesday statement.
He wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee and the Russian ambassador urging them to allow the yogurt through.
"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," he wrote. "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."
First published February 5 2014, 1:02 PM
Kasie Hunt has covered politics for NBC News since January 2013. Hunt came to NBC News from The Associated Press, where she served as a national political reporter. As one of the organizationâ€™s lead campaign trail reporters, Hunt covered the Republican primary field and nominee Mitt Romney, eventually following the Romney campaign nearly full time from December 2011 through election day.
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Prior to joining the AP, Hunt covered the 2010 mid-term elections and the emerging GOP presidential primary race as a national political reporter for POLITICO. Earlier, she covered health care, education, and labor policy for National Journalâ€™s CongressDaily, where she closely followed the Affordable Care Act from inception to passage. She began her journalism career as an intern with the NBC News political unit.
Hunt has appeared regularly on numerous television programs, including MSNBCâ€™s â€œThe Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd,â€ â€œNOW with Alex Wagner,â€ and â€œHardball with Chris Matthews,â€ as well as NBCâ€™s â€œThe Chris Matthews Show.â€
Hunt is a graduate of George Washington University and holds a masterâ€™s degree in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where she was a member of St Johnâ€™s College.