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Inmates protest food quality at northern Michigan prison

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An official says about 1,000 inmates at a prison in Michigan's Upper Peninsula participated in a peaceful protest over food quality.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says prisoners at Kinross Correctional Facility on Sunday left the prison yard about 20 minutes early in silent protest and on Monday most of the facility's about 1,300 inmates didn't get meals as usual.

The Detroit Free Press reports the protest related to complaints about the quality of food provided by Oldsmar, Florida-based Trinity Services Group, which last year replaced Aramark Correctional Services as Michigan's prison food contractor.

The Associated Press sent an email Wednesday seeking comment from Trinity.

Gautz says it's "the first issue that I've seen related to food in months."

He tells The Detroit News it's "an isolated incident."

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