Salzburg has banned pork in city-run kindergartens in what local officials have defended saying it meets the needs of Muslim children.
The ban was not advertised or announced and has been in place for some time until parents of children attending kindergartens in the city noticed that pork was never present on school menus. An official from the Salzburg mayor's office said the ban on pork was both for health reasons and "among other things, the needs of Muslim children", Kronen Zeitung reports.
The office of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) deputy mayor Anja Hagenaue confirmed the accusations saying that while there was no official order given by the left wing government, the ban had been in place for around five years. Ms. Hagenaue added the children preferred chicken and carrots to pork.