"In response to the latest reporting on the MDOC food service standards and practices as distinguished from the private to the state run operations. This reporting is very deceptive when you compare the issuing, preparing and quality of the food 20 years ago. Since those times there has been a constant decline in the quality preparation and service of the food. For instance, the MDOC has substituted the once high-quality organic foods to a present day low grade of processed foods that lacks the essential nutrients needed for a healthy diet meal.
"There is also the issue of this low-grade food being continuously overcooked or undercooked [without] any regard to the consequences to possible health issues that could arise. There is a common practice to save freeze and reserved foods stored for up to weeks at a time, all in an attempt to save a dollar. Here at Lakeland Corr. Fac. we experience shortages of fresh cooked foods on a regular basis to justify reserving foods frozen for weeks at a time. This was unheard of 20 years ago. MDOC used to be self sufficient with its own farmers and slaughterhouses. A midnight shift that prepared the food and certified cooks. Enough food was prepared to cover shortages.
"Now the game is to prepare enough food that can also be used for storage for the next week meal. Thus the result is half old food mixed with newly cooked food. I think those who are in authority in Lansing and have investigated this matter [for] years knows what's going on because it is easy to see if ones eyes are truly open and you have been around."
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