The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections plans to invite local health inspections of each prison's food service operations in the wake of complaints about problems including maggots in kitchen areas.
Spokesperson JoEllen Smith says the plans are still being finalized. Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, has contracted with the state to feed inmates. An Aramark statement calls kitchen sanitation a shared responsibility, and says the company is working with the department. Ohio has twice levied fines against Aramark, citing staffing shortages, unacceptable food substitutions and shortages and sanitation issues. Aramark defended its record and claims it's the victim of an anti-privitization campaign.