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Second fine levied against prison food vendor in Ohio

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 04:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio prisons director says the state has levied a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year.
Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the $130,200 fine was determined earlier this month against Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services.
Mohr announced the fine Wednesday during testimony before a state prisons oversight committee hearing concerns about Aramark's performance.
Mohr said the fine relates to continued staff shortages, unacceptable food substitutions and sanitation issues.
The state levied a $142,000 fine against Aramark in April.
Joanna Saul, chief of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, says the quality of food has gone down since Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services began work last September.
Saul told members of her committee Wednesday that attention to sanitation appears to be lacking, Aramark employees lack sufficient security training and Aramark's low wages lead to high turnover and a temptation to smuggle in contraband.
Reports obtained by The Associated Press through records requests have found problems like maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of food since Aramark took over.
John Hanner, president of Aramark Correctional Services, defended his company's record in Ohio to the committee, saying food delays and substitutions have happened less than 1 percent of the time.

Second fine levied against prison food vendor in Ohio


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