Michigan Bills Would Extend Safety Inspections to State Prison Kitchens

June 26, 2015

Aramark Correctional Services, the prison food vendor in Michigan, was recently caught serving maggots with potatoes and then ordering inmates to keep their mouths about it, according to published reports.

And why not? State prison kitchens are exempt from food safety inspections because they are not defined as “food establishments” under state law.

A pair of bills in the Michigan Legislature would change that, one by removing the exemption and the other by making state prison food vendors pay for the costs of inspection.

House Bills 4748 and 4749 are now under consideration in the House Oversight and Ethics Committee.

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