Move recognises industry’s importance to state economy.
After the apple and apple muffin, residents of New York State can now count yoghurt (Americans, of course, spell it without the “h”) as an official state food.
On Oct 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill pronouncing the humble dairy product the state’s official snack food in a move meant to recognise the industry’s importance to New York’s economy. The state has become the nation’s top yoghurt producer, thanks in part to the soaring popularity of Greek-style yoghurt.
"Designating yoghurt as the official state snack will continue to raise public awareness of the economic and health benefits of yoghurt and the dairy industry," said the governor in a released statement.
Last year, the state churned out 16% of the country’s total yoghurt production.
New York also recognises the apple as the official state fruit, the apple muffin as its official state muffin and milk as the official state beverage.
Elsewhere in the US, South Carolina’s official state snack is boiled peanuts; Texas has tortilla chips and salsa; Illinois’ is popcorn; and Jell-O finds a home in Utah. – AFP Relaxnews
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