The government has further extended the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China for four months till April 23 next year, according to a notification of the commerce ministry issued on Monday.
“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, till April 23, 2019, or until further orders,” the DGFT said in a statement.
The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and later extended from time to time.
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 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.