The governor of Birmingham Prison in Winson Green has defended the food dished up at his establishment after inmates complained about small portion sizes and poor potatoes.
A survey revealed that the quality of potatoes were not up to the prisoners taste, even though research published last year claimed that they ate more nutritiously than hospital patients.
James Shanley, governor of HMP Birmingham, said the service had listened to their moans and while portion sizes were adequate, they were now sautéing, roasting and frying potatoes.
Mr Shanley said: “People had complained about the quality of the potatoes and rather than boiled potatoes they have savoury potatoes and we have provided some rice.
“We do need to listen to the concerns that are raised about the standard of food. The report states that the food is satisfactory and within budget.”
Taxpayers pay between £1.85 to £2.07 to feed a prisoner three meals per day, two of which are hot. Mr Shanley said a team of nine catering staff worked with 28 prisoners to prepare 3,000 meals for around 1,450 inmates every day.
Menus change every six weeks.
Snacks or cakes are not served at mealtimes but prisoners can buy extra tea bags and treats such as biscuits and crisps once a week from the prison shop.