India bans milk products from China

India bans milk products from China

New Delhi: India has banned import of dairy products, including milk, from China for three months following reports of deaths due to contamination in whitener in the neighbouring country.

“The import from China of dairy products including milk and milk products is prohibited for three months with immediate effect and until further orders," Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notification last night.

Reports suggest at least four infants died in China after consuming the contaminated milk. The adulterated whitener led to several thousands falling sick.

Melamine, used for making plastics and fertiliser, was found in infant formula and other milk products of 22 Chinese dairy firms.

The dangerous chemical can cause stones in kidney and its failure.