Are US Dairy Exports To India Possible?

Before the US can export dairy products to India, US producers must show products are free of Bovine Growth Hormones (BGH)/Bovine Somatotropin Hormones (BST) and that the source animals were not subjected to estrogenic treatment within the last 90 days.

When asked about the Indian position, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar — who headed the negotiations with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — said: “We have an open mind. They say that it doesn't affect the animal's milk."

Additional evidence will be required for the dairy products to also pass India's religious sentiments on how dairy products are produced.

Under Indian norms for the import of milk and milk products, the importer/manufacturer must certify that “the source animals have neverbeen fed with feeds produced from internal organs, blood meal and tissues of ruminant origin.”

India has an “open mind,” but for now, it has held back permission to the United States for accessing Indian markets for U.S. dairy products, which may be made from the milk of cattle fed with feeds produced from internal organs, blood meal and tissues of ruminant origin or those that may contain animal rennet.