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Maggots Found In Food At Another Michigan Prison

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The Department of Corrections says maggots were found for the second time in about at week.

This time in the food at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center.

Nick Perreault asked the state if this is the final straw to terminating their contract with the private company Aramark.

Just last week maggots were found in a crack near a serving line. Now the Department of Corrections says maggots crawled into the

Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center.

"Tuesday (July 1) while prisoners were cutting potatoes, peeling potatoes they discovered some maggots inside of those potatoes, said Department of Corrections Spokesman Russ Marlan.

Spokesman Russ Marlan told 6News today the department had Aramark employees throw the potatoes away, but for the second time Aramark denied saying the maggots were in the food.

Aramark told us, "One spoiled potato was found in a bag in storage and none were prepared or served."

"I think that's kind of minimizing the fact that there were maggots in the potatoes that they were planning to serve that day," Marlan said.

Marlan says prisons across the state continue to see food shortages, improper food substitutions and employees leaving the building holding up the lunch lines.

"This morning, we had an Aramark worker just walk out at our Detroit re-entry facility in the middle of the shift....We know the prisoner tensions are rising," Marlan said.

"There was mice or rat feces found in a hotdog bun," said Alicia Matthews.

Alicia Matthews reached out to us and says her husband, Jeremiah Matthews, who's serving time for home invasion at Parnall, is seeing similar issues.

" Somebody needs to stand up and speak up.....Although they're prisoners they still do have rights they still are people," Alicia said.

People who Alicia says deserve better.

"Aramark got this contract by pledging to deliver the same level of service and you're correct the level of service is not where it should be...so what we are going to do is take a look at that at the end of the month," Marlan said.

Marlan says the department is waiting to see what a third party auditor, brought in by aramark, has to say about the conditions of all prisons before deciding whether to terminate the contract.

Aramark, the Philadelphia company, signed the three year contract with the state in December.

The department estimates the move saves them some $16 million dollars a year.

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