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France bans goods containing Chinese milk products

The European Union does not import dairy products from China, and the French government says stepped-up checks have not turned up such imports in France.

world Updated: Sep 25, 2008 08:40 IST

France has banned the sale of all goods containing derivatives of Chinese dairy products.

The European Union does not import dairy products from China, and the French government says stepped-up checks have not turned up such imports in France.

But imports of biscuits, candy or other such foods that could contain Chinese dairy derivatives have been allowed.

The French government ordered on Wednesday that all such products be withdrawn from sale amid the crisis in China over milk contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine.

The government described the measure as a precaution.

France said experts from EU countries would meet today in Brussels to evaluate the bloc's response to the Chinese crisis.