The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has further extended the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China for four months till April 23, 2019. This ban was extended on the recommendation of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
In a notification it said, “Prohibition on import of milk and milk products including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/confectionery/food preparations with milk and milk solids as ingredients from China is extended for further period of four months i.e., up to April 23 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”
FSSAI had conducted a review meeting with the Departments and Ministries concerned on the issue earlier this month. FSSAI recommended that this ban should be extended until notified laboratories at ports of entry across India are upgraded for testing for melamine. Accordingly, it recommended to the DGFT to extend the ban by four months.
The DGFT had first imposed the ban on milk and milk products from China in September 2008 for a period of three months. This was done to enable other departments put in place measures to restrict import of contaminated milk products in the country.
This ban has since been extended several times, with the last being in June 22 till December 23, 2018.