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Mounting Complaints About Food In Midwest Prisons

Maggots were found in two Ohio prisons on June 30, and this wasn't the first complaint against Aramark Correctional Services.

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Claims of maggots in food at two Ohio prisons were the latest in a litany of complaints against Aramark Correctional Services.

Ohio

Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services (ACS) serves over 600 correctional institutions across North America, including prisons in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.

The June 30 incident took place at the Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville when a maggot was found in a turkey roll being sliced for dinner. An earlier incident found maggots falling from a serving tray at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, Ohio.

Michigan

Two incidents involving maggots were recently reported in Michigan facilities as well. This came on the heels of at least 30 prisoners reporting food poisoning symptoms after maggots were found around food at a serving line in Jackson, Michigan.

Back in March, two employee unions and a Republican senator from Michigan urged the state to reject a $145-million prison food contract with Aramark after citing food safety concerns, security issues, undertrained staff and understaffed food service positions.

Kentucky

Kentucky has held a contract with Aramark since 2005, and the state saved taxpayers about $51 million over that 10-year contract.

Recently, some lawmakers in Kentucky began questioning Aramark’s practices. In 2010, state auditors discovered a billing error that benefited Aramark to the tune of $36,000.

Kentucky’s contract will expire at the end of this year, and Aramark representative Karen Cutler has said they will bid again.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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  • disqus_zKZtUIaVKT

    what is meant by “the state saved taxpayers about $51 million over that 10-year contract”? please explain.

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