Ban on import of milk and its products as well as chocolates from China for one year till June 2018 has been extended by the government today. Food regulator FSSAI has recommended the government to extend the ban.
Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a notification said, “Prohibition on import of milk and milk products (including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionery/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is extended for one more year — till June 23, 2018,”
The ban was imposed as it was apprehended that some milk consignments from the neighbouring country contained melamine, a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers.
Although India does not import milk products from China, this ban has been imposed as a preventive measure.