New Delhi: India on Tuesday extended the ban on milk and milk products from China for another one year, according to the foreign trade office.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification that the extension of the ban is for a period of one year with effect from 24 December 2010, until further orders.
Last year on 24 June, the government had extended the ban for a period of six months.
Imports of milk and milk products from China have been prohibited since September 2008.
The items prohibited for import into India from the neighbouring country would include chocolate and chocolate products, candies, confectioneries and food preparations with milk as an ingredient.
Though the DGFT has not cited any reason for the ban, it is understood it was over fears of Chinese milk containing melamine, a deadly chemical, an official said.