Six Salt Lake County employees have filed a complaint with county commissioners over what the six call the deteriorating quality of food served at the 21st South Government Center cafeteria.

The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and snacks to hundreds of county workers and Government Center visitors daily. The six employees say since a new food service vendor recently took over the cafeteria operations contract from Marriott Corp., the quality of cafeteria food has declined substantially.The employees acknowledge current cafeteria operator ARA received the contract because of its low bid. But in a letter to commissioners, the six ask " . . . isn't it more important to think about quality when it regards food?"

Twice employees have found moldy broccoli in the cafeteria salad bar. Brownies a la mode served for a snack last week were "hard and dried out on the outside and mushy in the middle," and "it's a good thing we could wash the brownies down with ice cream," the letter says.

Although cafeteria food is sometimes inedible and the variety of selections has diminished, prices are as high or higher than under previous cafeteria vendors, the workers say. They want commissioners to contract with a new cafeteria operator as soon as possible and to use food quality as a criteria.

Commissioners referred the complaint to the county's Food Services Committee.