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Michigan ends prison food contract

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan is terminating a three-year $145 million contract with the company that feeds state prisoners.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration said Monday that the state and Aramark Correctional Services mutually agreed to end their relationship.

Michigan fined Aramark $200,000 last year for unapproved menu substitutions, inadequate staffing and employee misconduct. There also have been maggot and rodent problems.

"Prison food service is integral to the safe and secure operations of Michigan's prison system," said MDOC Director Heidi Washington.

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.

Trinity Services Group will transition to becoming Michigan's new vendor in the next two months.

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