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Dairy Products: Imports

Volume 485: debated on Monday 8 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has taken steps to assess the level of contamination by the industrial chemical melamine in dairy exports from China to the UK. (240685)

The import of milk and milk products from China is prohibited under Commission Decision 2007/275/EC of 17 April 2007 concerning lists of animals and products to be subject to controls at border inspection posts under Council Directives 91/496/EEC and 97/78/EC.

In response to the contamination of milk with melamine the European Commission introduced additional measures restricting the import of products from China containing milk or milk products. These measures require any product containing more than 2.5 mg/kg melamine to be removed from the market and destroyed. Testing by Port Health Authorities and local authorities has found a few products, containing more than 2.5 mg/kg melamine, which, although not considered to be a risk to public health, have been destroyed.