Second Fine in Two Years against Ohio Prison Food Vendor
On July 27, 2014, the state announced a second fine against Aramark Correctional Services, the vendor who supplies food to Ohio inmates.
The $130,000 fine was levied against them for:
- Continued staffing shortages;
- Unacceptable food substitutions; and
- Sanitation issues (including maggots observed in food service operations)
This is the second fine levied against Aramark this year, with a $142,000 fine also issued in April.
John Hanner, president of Aramark Correctional Services, defended his company’s record in Ohio, stating food delays and substitutions have happened less than 1% of the time. He also said the company is committed to improving its Ohio operations.
Reports have been documented citing Aramark’s negligence, including:
- Running out of main and side dishes;
- Employees failing to show up; and
- Illicit relationships between inmates and Aramark workers.
According to the state, Ninety-six Aramark employees have been banned from working in Ohio prisons.
Aramark’s $110 million deal to feed some 50,000 Ohio prisoners began in September and will continue to run through June 30, 2015 despite these fines. The prison employees union has filed a formal grievance over the Aramark contract.
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