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Govt extends ban on import of milk products from China

The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and extended subsequently from time to time

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The government Tuesday extended the ban on import of and its products, including chocolates, from till laboratories at ports for testing presence of toxic melamine are upgraded.

Food regulator FSSAI had recommended extending the ban until all labs at ports are modernised to test the

The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and extended subsequently from time to time. The latest ban imposed by the government ended Tuesday.

"Prohibition on import of milk, products (including chocolates, chocolate products, candies/confectionary/ food preparations with or milk solids as an ingredient) from is extended until the capacity of all laboratories at ports of entry have been suitably upgraded for testing melamine," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

However, it has not mentioned any timeline for upgradation of that capacity of all laboratories.

The ban was imposed on apprehensions of presence of melamine in some milk consignments from Melamine is a toxic used for making and fertilisers.

Although does not import milk, from China, it has imposed the ban as a preventive measure.

FSSAI in a statement Tuesday said that the ban on import of milk and milk products, including chocolates and chocolate products and confectionary or food preparations with milk and milk solids as ingredients from China may be extended until the capacity of all laboratories at ports of entry have been suitably upgraded for testing melamine.

is the world's largest producer and consumer of milk. It produces around 150 million tonne milk annually.

is the leading state in milk production followed by and

First Published: Tue, April 23 2019. 21:00 IST
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