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Currently, import of Chinese milk and milk products prohibited: Nirmala Sitharaman informs Lok Sabha
According to an information given by Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha on April 25, the import of milk and milk products - including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/confectionery/food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient - from China is prohibited till June 23, 2016 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

The written information added that the goods consumed by people vary in terms of characteristics and parameters, given the differentiated nature of consumer demand, which is true also for imported goods.

However, the Foreign Trade Policy (2015-2020) provides safeguards against poor quality imports by providing for Domestic Laws/Rules/Orders/Regulations/Technical Specifications/ Environmental/Safety and Health Standards applicable to domestically produced goods to be applicable, mutatis mutandis, to imports, unless specifically exempted, it was informed.

A PIB release also informed that trade defence measures like anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty are available to industries to seek remedies under the prescribed provisions.

Furthermore, for imported food and edible items, Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006 and Rules there under are also applicable.

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