Indiaâ€™s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued a notification on June 3rd extending the ban on the import of milk and milk products from China till June 23 next year. The prohibition extends to the import of chocolates and chocolate products, candies, confectionaries, and any other food preparation with milk as an ingredient.The first ban on Chinese milk and milk products was imposed by the DGFT in September 2008 after reports suggested that Chinese milk products contained an industrial chemical called melamine. The chemical damaged kidneys in the long run and formed stones. Chinese dairy farmers were using this chemical to increase their profit margins. First they diluted milk by 30 per cent and in order to show good protein content, they added melamine which is rich in nitrogen, like proteins are. Usually, quality control equipment is designed to detect nitrogen and not melamine.
Source: Times of India
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