- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Corrections has fined its prison food vendor $98,000 for a number of violations, including employees having improper contact with inmates.

The corrections department said Tuesday that Aramark also was penalized for making unauthorized menu substitutions and not preparing the correct number of meals.

According to department spokesman Russ Marlan, most of the improper contact incidents involved Aramark employees and inmates exchanging notes, though he said there was one incident in which an Aramark worker kissed an inmate.

Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler says the Philadelphia-based company is committed to resolving any issues as quickly as possible.

Aramark took over Michigan prison food service operations late last year in a move that eliminated union jobs. The state says the contract will save millions of dollars a year.

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