India has extended the ban the tenure on importing milk products from China for 4 months. This ban would continue till 23rd April 2019 as per the notification issued by the Ministry of Commerce.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), an arm of the commerce ministry which deals with the norms related to exports and imports of the country in a statement has stated that “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 four months, i.e. till April 23, 2019, or until further orders”.
The ban was primarily imposed due to the concerns about the presence of melamine in some of the milk consignments from China.
Melamine is a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilizers. Though India does not import milk and its products from China, it has imposed the ban as a preventive measure.
India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of milk. It produces around 150 million tonne milk annually. Uttar Pradesh is the leading state in milk production, followed by Rajasthan and Gujarat.