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Prisoners Report Food Poisoning After Maggots Discovered Near Serving Line

Corrections Department spokesman says prison officials don’t think the maggots got into the food, but their presence near the food trays is “a serious and significant sanitary issue.”

Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, which has been providing meals to Michigan’s penal system since December, doesn't think the discovery of maggots near a food-service line and food poisoning reports are connected. (Patch file photo)
Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, which has been providing meals to Michigan’s penal system since December, doesn't think the discovery of maggots near a food-service line and food poisoning reports are connected. (Patch file photo)

A  Michigan prison contractor says there’s no evidence connecting an outbreak of food poisoning among about 30 prisoners at  the Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson to the discovery of maggots and fly larvae in one of the meal saving lines.

The prisoners reported symptoms Saturday that are consistent with food poisoning, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and fatigue, the Detroit Free Press reports.

On Friday, maggots were discovered “a couple of inches from where the food trays are located,” Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan told the Free Press. “We don’t believe the maggots got into the food, but finding them that close to where food trays sit during serving periods is a serious and significant sanitary issue.”

A spokeswoman for Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, which has been providing meals to Michigan’s penal system since December, said the maggots were discovered before the food was served Friday.

“There are no facts that show food played any role in the illnesses reported over the weekend, or is connected in any way to today’s pest issue,” Karen Cutler told the newspaper.

The Department of Corrections maintenance department will make necessary repairs to the serving line, Cutler said.

Marlan said prison officials don’t believe the sick prisoners are faking their symptoms.

» For the complete story, go to the Detroit Free Press.


Sue Czarnecki July 01, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Maggots even NEAR food to be consumed creeps me out. Think Gov. Snyder would stop by a grab a bite at this prison?
Ruth Luce July 01, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Absolutely Sue! Maggots and fly larvae I believe are one and the same, and they call that a 'pest' issue? Pests would be mosquitos! That is most certainly a health and sanitation issue, how long between cleanings in the food service area if you have maggots? I do believe Gov. Snyder needs to stop in for lunch!
K. Scott July 01, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Cancel the contract with Aramark period. Between smuggling drugs, sex with prisoners and now this? come on! where is the accountability?

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