On Saturday, several prisoners reported diarrhea, vomiting, and other illnesses associated with food poisoning. The illness was consistent with poisoning after prison officials found maggots and fly larvae in a meal serving line. The maggots were found on Friday near the food tray location.
Governor Snyder said he found the service quality unacceptable. Furthermore, he said the state could consider terminating their contract with Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia if poor service continues. The food illness is just one of many issues between the prison and Aramark.
In March, the prison fined Aramark $98,000 for contract violations. Other issues include controversial meal counts and non-authorized meal substitutions. The prison has also fired several Aramark employees for getting too familiar with inmates and trying to smuggle contraband and marijuana into the prison.
An Aramark representative said there is no proof the illnesses were connected to the maggots. A prison official commented that he did not believe maggots were in the food, but they were close enough to create a sanitary issue.
The Detroit Free Press also states that Aramark replaced state employees with a contract that saved the state millions. Last December, Aramark and the state agreed on a three-year contract valued at $145 million.
According to the Aramark corrections website, the company provides food service, a reentry program, commissary services, facility services, and technology. The company website says they can manage a facility more efficiently and securely, ensure employee morale and offer innovation in health and behavior management. Also, the Philly.com website reported that a New York based consulting firm considered Aramark as one of 144 of the world’s most ethical companies.