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State Of Michigan Terminates Food Service Contract With Aramak

Jul 13, 2015

The state of Michigan is terminating its contract with Aramark to provide prison food services.

The Snyder administration and Aramark say the decision to end the three-year $145 million dollar contract that was mutually agreed upon to feed state prisoners.

Michigan fined Aramark $200,000 last year for unapproved menu substitutions, inadequate staffing and employee misconduct. There also have been maggot and rodent problems. Snyder previously defended sticking with Aramark, saying Michigan was on pace to save $14 million a year through privatization.

Ohio recently renewed a contract with Aramark to feed the state's prison inmates. The company had faced criticism in that state last year over understaffing, running out of food and a few cases of maggots near food prep areas.

The food services contract will now go to another private company that bid on the contract, Trinity Services Group. TSG will transition to becoming Michigan's new vendor in the next two months.