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BAN ON IMPORT OF CHINESE MILK PRODUCTS EXTENDED BY A YR

23,June, 2017
 

The Government on Thursday extended the ban on import of milk and its products from China for one more year till June 2018. India had first imposed the ban in September 2008 when it was feared that some milk consignments from the country contained melamine, a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers.

"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, i.e., till 23.6.2018 or until their safety is established or their credential is established on the basis of the credible reports," said a senior officer from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The ban, which expired on June 23, is extended every year.

India does not import milk products from China, but has imposed the ban as a preventive measure. Milk contaminated with melamine, a chemical which causes kidney stones in young children had led to several deaths in China in 2008,

India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of milk. Among states, Uttar Pradesh is the leading milk producer, followed by Rajasthan and Gujarat.

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