US Senator Gilllibrand and US Rep Hanna Renew Call To Reclassify Greek Yogurt
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna have renewed their call to officially reclassify Greek yogurt as a source of protein under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) MyPlate nutrition guides.
Currently, Greek yogurt is not differentiated from traditional yogurt, despite having twice the amount of protein.
In their letter to the USDA, Senator Gillibrand and Rep. Hanna urged the Secretary of Agriculture to update the MyPlate nutrition guides to reflect the health benefits of Greek yogurt. They assert that Greek yogurt should be permitted as an affordable, high protein option under the National School Lunch Program, which is responsible for feeding 31 million students daily.
The inclusion of Greek yogurt in the National School Lunch Program would save school systems money while purchasing wholesome meals for students.
This thriving industry in New York produces about 70 percent of the nation’s $6 billion Greek yogurt market. An estimated 1,500 New Yorkers are directly employed by the Greek yogurt operations in New York, with 800 more jobs expected to be created as additional Greek yogurt plants begin operation.