June 28, 2018,
The Indian Government has extended ban on imports of milk and milk products from China and has cited food safety concerns as the reason. The ban also includes chocolates products, candies, confectionaries, and any food product that contains milk or milk products. The said ban was been imposed from June 22nd, 2017 to June 23rd, 2018.
“The matter has been reviewed”, according to Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, Director General of foreign trade. He added that the ban has been extended further for a time period of 6 months until December 23rd 2018, or until further orders have been given out.
The issue was recently discussed at the headquarters of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Presiding over the meeting were The FSSAI, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), and the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) along with the departments and ministries who were part of this discussion and recommended the extension of the ban. The ban would be stationed until the products’ safety is established on the basis of credible reports and supporting data, according to Madhavi Das, chief management services officer, FSSAI.
The Government of India first imposed the ban on import of milk and milk products from China on September 24, 2008, for a period of three months. This ban came into force after it was found that the products were contaminated with melamine residue. The ban was then further extended for another 6 months till December 1, 2008. Since then chocolate, candies, and all other products with milk or milk solids were brought under the ban.
The ban has been resurfacing on and off and extended from time to time in the past decade. This ban will benefit the Indian dairy industry according to local reports.