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Immigrants suspected of being here illegally should be served more ‘culturally diverse’ food, a removal centre has been told.
Caterers face claims that meals at Yarl’s Wood, where suspected illegal immigrants are held supposedly pending deportation, are ‘too Western’ for detainees’ tastebuds.
Inspectors - Inmates - Lunch - £100 - Centre
Inspectors said inmates had complained that lunch at the £100 million centre usually consisted of baguettes and salad.
Only one in seven detainees thought the food was good compared to one in four in 2015, according to the prisons watchdog.
Firm - Serco - Centre - Bedfordshire - Menus
Now private firm Serco, which runs the centre in Bedfordshire, has been told to improve its menus. Yarl’s Wood is home to just over 300 detainees, mainly women, from 61 countries. Most inmates are from India, China or nations in Africa.
Food should be suited to the ‘religious and cultural needs’ of detainees, said the report for HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). Menus should ‘reflect the diverse needs of the population’.
Managers - Meals - Vegetarians - Vegans - Diets
However, managers were praised for preparing meals suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those with halal diets. Detainees also had access to kitchens where they could cook their own food.
Previous reports on the centre, which opened in 2001, have found that food was not good enough.
Report - Yarl - Wood - Independent - Monitoring
In its 2015 report on Yarl’s Wood, the Independent Monitoring Board – a watchdog that...
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