Continuing with the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China, the government has further extended the ban for six more months till December 23.
Though India does not import milk and milk products from China, the ban has been imposed as a preventive measure.
“Prohibition on import of milk, milk products (including chocolates, chocolate products, candies, confectionary food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is extended for a further period of six months, i.e. till December 23, 2018 or until further orders,” the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.
The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and later extended from time-to-time. The last ban imposed by the DGFT ended on June 23 this year.
The ban was imposed on apprehensions of the presence of melamine in some milk consignments from China. Melamine is a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers, reports said.