Michigan has terminated a three-year, $145 million contract with Aramark Correctional Services a year after the company hired to feed state prisoners came under scrutiny for lack of cleanliness, unapproved menu substitutions and other problems, state officials announced Monday.
In Kentucky, where Aramark has held the prison food-service contract since January 2004, there have been a series of complaints about the company.
In May 2011, an inmate at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty found a dead mouse in his soup, leading to an investigation by corrections officials.
State Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said that was just the latest in a series of problems with Aramark. In 2010, Aramark refused to provide cost-related records to state auditors conducting an investigation of Aramark's contract.
That audit determined that the state was overpaying Aramark by thousands of dollars and was not ensuring that Aramark provided the proper quality or quantity of food.