Chobani Greek Yogurt Sued For Being Junk Food Not Made in Greece

Things turned sour

The culprit! (Flickr)
The culprit! (Flickr)

Apparently, it is now acceptable to sue companies for overestimating your IQ.

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According to the New York Daily News, Barry Stoltz of Scarsdale and Allan Chang of Queens are suing Chobani Greek Yogurt for duping them into thinking that Chobani is healthier than it actually is.

The 48-page lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, accuses Chobani of pretending to be some kind of miracle yogurt with zero calories and zero grams of sugar, based on the “0 percent” label on its packaging.

Seriously, Chobani. Not everyone knows that “0 percent” means zero fat.

Mr. Stoltz and Mr. Chang were apparently under the impression that they were eating real Greek yogurt. In reality, “There is nothing ‘Greek’ about the products. None of the products sold in the U.S. are made in Greece or made by Greek nationals,” the lawsuit says.

Clearly Mr. Chang and Mr. Stoltz did not stop to consider the impossibility of supplying an entire Chobani flagship store with imported dairy.

“The name of the brand itself is not Greek,” they further complain. “Chobani” is actually the Turkish word for shepherd, and the yogurt company’s founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, is Turkish.

Scandalous? Not really, because everyone already knew that.

“With deceptive packaging and marketing, consumers are deceived into thinking that junk food can be a healthy alternative,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer, C.K. Lee, said to the Daily News.

However, the upstate Norwich-based Chobani company is getting the last laugh, as a similar lawsuit was tossed out in California back in 2013.

“Much like English muffins and French fries, our fans understand Greek yogurt to be a product description about how we authentically make our yogurt and not about where we make our yogurt in upstate New York and Idaho,” Chobani Greek Yogurt said in a statement.

If they’re looking for health and honesty, maybe the plaintiffs should try Skinny Cow ice cream instead.

Chobani Greek Yogurt Sued For Being Junk Food Not Made in Greece