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Michigan Prisoners Are Sick After Maggots Found In Food At Second Prison

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Maggots were found inside prison food in Jackson, Michigan, for the second time in less than a week.

Inmates working in the kitchen at Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance Center were peeling potatoes on Tuesday when they noticed maggots inside, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan.

The potatoes were stored in bags inside of a dry-storage area. Warden Heidi Washington ordered all the potatoes be thrown out, Marlon told My Fox Twin Cities.

"She ordered the kitchen to be cleaned with bleach," he said.

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Just last week maggots were found at Parnall Correctional Facility, another Jackson prison. Thirty prisoners are being treated for symptoms resembling food poisoning, but it is unknown if it was caused by the maggots.

The problems are the latest in a series of issues with Aramark Correctional Services, a private vendor that was put on notice in June for food shortages and unapproved menu changes.

Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday that he may reconsider the company’s three-year, $145-million contract.

"The governor has made it very clear that this is a very significant sanitary issue," Marlan said, adding that Aramark officials are investigating the issues. "Every contract violation will be held against them."

Sources: My Fox Twin Cities, WOOD-TV