Menus in Ireland’s prisons have been “updated and refreshed” by the Irish Prison Service to include more fresh produce and cut down on fat, as well as making better provision for diabetics and vegetarians.
The changes follow a review conducted over the past 12 months to ensure “varied and nutritious” meals are provided to prisoners, including halal and kosher food on request.
Despite the changes, however, the food bill for prisons has actually fallen from €8.7million in 2014 to €7.6 million last year, according to figures released to The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
The new menus, which were approved by the prison service’s consultant dietician, were launched earlier this year “with really good reviews from all prisons”, official documents record.
Prisoners who do not eat meat can choose vegetarian coddle, vegetable curry, vegetarian pasta bake, Quorn sausage with mash and onion gravy, and savoury omelette over the course of a weekly menu.
Other offerings include veggie burgers, spring roll and peas, cheese wrap, or baked potato and beans.