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Riga mayor calls for milk in schools

Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs said Friday that his municipality would in future give preferential consideration to Latvian-made food products as part of an effort to minimize the effects of Russian counter-sanctions on local producers.

"Our goal is to use all legal means to support domestic producers. In addition, Latvian products are undoubtedly the best and healthiest for children," Ušakovs said in a statement.

Municipal kindergartens will be instructed to give preference to products supplied by local producers, Ušakovs said, while school canteens will be urged only to use Latvian-made ingredients wherever possible and future catering contracts will stipulate the need to use Latvian products as one of their main conditions.

The mayor also vowed that the municipality would look at opportunities to place milk vending machines into schools if co-funding for such a move could be secured from European Union programs.

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