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Ohio prisons may invite food service inspections

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Ohio’s prisons agency is developing plans to invite local health inspections of each prison’s food service operations in the wake of complaints about problems including maggots in kitchen areas.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says by email that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction began developing the plans Thursday. When asked about timing of the inspections and other details, she said Friday the plans are still being finalized.

A private vendor, Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, took over feeding inmates last year. An Aramark spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a message Friday evening.

Ohio has twice levied fines against Aramark, citing problems such as staffing shortages, unacceptable food substitutions and shortages and sanitation issues, including maggots in food service operations.

Aramark defended its record and said food delays and substitutions have been rare.
 

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