Just the other day, the fabulous Sam from Becks & Posh commented on this site that, at least in the San Francisco area, Trader Joe's was carrying Fage Total Greek Yoghurt. Although I was of course glad at least someone else had access to my beloved yogurt, I became very curious as to how and why Californians would have it and the rest of the country--including Seattle-- could not when it was supposed to have been banned in the US altogether.
So I called Fage's New York office early this morning and spoke to a Fage representative, who explained it all to me. Apparently the reason California Trader Joe's have Fage in stock but we still can't get it here in Seattle is because the Trader Joe's distribution center that supplies Seattle stores is in MA, which is one of the states that banned Fage--New Jersey, Nevada and Georgia being the other three states that followed suit.
The same person hinted in no uncertain terms that it was all political legalese and a bad move from our dear government and that these import hurdles were also affecting other products coming in from countries such as France.
She confirmed that the yogurt will be back in the USA in March--me thinks I need to go to Los Angeles or San Francisco soon and go on a yogurt gorging extravaganza-- just as the good people from Trader Joe's Capitol Hill told me last week.
Later on, while playing around with Google I found this very interesting Fage tidbit from the Press Office of the Embassy of Greece in Washington D.C.: