01/07/2016 13:29 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

Regina jail inmates refusing to eat; Premier says he believes food quality is OK

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says there's one way to avoid prison food — don't go to prison.

Nearly 70 inmates at the Regina Correctional Centre are refusing to eat because of the quality of the food.

Concerns about the food started being raised by inmates in November, shortly after food services at the jail were switched to a private company, Compass Group.

The premier says food provided to anyone in the public system should be high quality and safe.

But Wall says he's seen the menu and believes inmates are getting a good choice; the government also notes that no one has gotten sick.

The premier says he's eaten the company's food at other venues across Saskatchewan and it was pretty good.

The Canadian Press