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Maggot infestations confirmed in food serving lines at 8 Ohio prisons

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Eight Ohio prisons have now confirmed cases of maggot infestations along their food serving lines.

Officials said 1,000 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville dumped their lunches into the trash Tuesday afternoon, after maggots were found under a serving line during a pre-meal inspection.

Just three weeks ago, fly larvae was discovered on more than 400 mop heads and cleaning rags at the same prison.

And on June 24th, at the Trumbull Correctional Institution, a report stated maggots could be seen falling out of a warming tray on one of the serving lines.

Those are three of eight confirmed cases of larvae reported in Ohio's prisons since Aramark began its $110 million contract last September.

Last month, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections issued a second fine against Aramark, totaling up to $272,000, including the first fine from April.

Last week, the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee had a hearing where Gary Mohr, Director of the Ohio DRC said at one prison, they discovered more than maggots.

"And found a mouse that had been in the infrastructure of the serving line," said Mohr.

Aramark President, John Hanner told the committee his company has nearly 40 years experience in the corrections industry.

"We do this at 500 facilities throughout the country. It is very infrequent," said Hanner.

But corrections officers fear what could happen if the food problems continue," A riot. Eventually. They're already getting to a point where every meal we're trying to break stuff up. Trying to keep them off the coordinators and stuff now."

Aramark food service company believes the cases are part of an on-going campaign against privatization.

 

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