Aramark fined $200K after prison food complaints

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – The state has issued a $200,000 fine against the company that provides food to Michigan prisons after several complaints about food quality.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the fine for Aramark Correctional Services Friday in regards to its food service operations, according to a release from the governor’s office. However, he said the state wouldn’t cancel its contract with the company.

The state is also ordering Aramark to redesign training and staffing procedures while working with the Michigan Department of Corrections, the release said.

The $200,000 will go to appoint a senior advisor to oversee Aramark’s contract with the DOC who will work through Michigan’s Executive Office – not Aramark or the DOC, Snyder said. The state will also develop a system to measure Aramark’s performance and will review how the DOC stores and transports food for the state’s prisons.

“Aramark has provided services successfully to hundreds of correctional facilities across the country for nearly 40 years,” Snyder said in the release. “I fully expect the DOC and Aramark to work in close partnership to ensure the same success here in Michigan.”

In late July, The Associated Press reported that more than 4,000 pounds of potatoes had to be discarded at the Alger Correctional Facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula because maggots were found in a potato shipment.

In early July, maggots were found at the food service area at Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson.

Several days before that, prisoners at Parnall Correctional Facility – which is also located in Jackson – said they got sick after maggots were found in a food line.

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