The Government of India extended the ban on milk and dairy products from China until June 23, 2016 or until further notice, whichever is earlier. The notification also prohibits chocolates and chocolate products, candies, confectionary, and food preparations made with fluid milk or dairy solids as an ingredient. The ban has been in place since 2008.

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The Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India extended the ban on milk and dairy product imports from China until June 23, 2016 or until further notice, whichever is earlier (See GOI Notification). The notification also prohibits chocolates and chocolate products, candies, confectionary, and food preparations made with fluid milk or dairy solids as ingredients. The notification is in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI) advisory, which provides minutes from the review and discussion by the Government of India on whether to continue implementing the ban.

The ban was first implemented in September 2008, and has been in effect for almost seven years. Further details, including the notification, are below.

Government of India (GOI) Notification No.: 12 /2015-2020

GOI Publication Date: June 24, 2015

Date of Implementation: Immediate

Date of Expiry: June 23, 2016 or until further orders, whichever is earlier

WTO Notification Date: Not notified (as of June 26, 2015)

Products Affected: Milk and dairy products including chocolates and chocolate products, candies, confectionary, and food preparations with fluid milk or dairy solids as an ingredient.

GOI Agency in Charge: Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.