The ban on Chinese milk and milk products which include chocolate as well as products that contain chocolate have been banned for another four months in India reports F&B News. The idea is to not import products contain melamine and this ban has been implemented by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
Ban On Melamine Products
“The ban 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, may be extended for a period of four months, i e April 23, 2019, until the capacity of all notified laboratories at ports of entry across India has been suitably upgraded for testing melamine or until further orders in this context, whichever is earlier,” said the government’s official communique.
“The ban has been extended keeping in mind the food and milk safety. Representatives from the animal husbandry department, the Department of Customs and the commerce ministry were present at the meeting. They were of the opinion that the milk that came from China was still contaminated with melamine content,” an FSSAI officer told F&B News. “Earlier also, extensions were imposed as an interim step to enable suitable measures to restrict imposed of contaminated milk products in the country, but no representation were received from Chinese counterparts. We are reconsidering the issue, so the ban has been extended by four months.”