Prisoners treated for food poisoning symptoms

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JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say that about 30 Michigan prison inmates have been treated for symptoms consistent with food poisoning.

The Detroit Free Press and the Jackson Citizen Patriot report symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and fatigue were reported starting Saturday, a day after maggots and fly larvae were discovered at one food serving line at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson.

The Michigan prison system’s food contractor, Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, says there’s no evidence linking the discovery of the maggots to the reported illnesses. Spokeswoman Karen Cutler says the maggots were found before food was served.

Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan says officials don’t believe maggots got into the food, but called it a “serious and significant sanitary issue.”

Aramark was hired in December as part of a cost-cutting move.

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