December 3, 2008


Melamine scandal virtually halts China's dairy exports 


China's dairy exports have almost come to a halt due to the melamine scandal.


The country's state media reports that dairy exports fell 92 percent year-on-year in October. 


Earlier this year, an average of 12,000 tonnes of dairy products was exported each month. In October, after the scandal broke, that fell to just over 1,000 tonnes.


Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US imposed an import alert which made it hard for Chinese firms to export their products to the US.


China and the US will have a business dialogue on Thursday in Beijing, hoping to ease trade restrictions between the two countries.

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