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Subject: REPORTED DEFECTS IN MEALS READY TO EAT  15 OCT 90               

Unit: 22D SUPCOM  

Parent Organization: ARCENT      

Box ID: BX005153

Folder Title: SAUDI ARABIAN AGRI AND DIARY CO LTD                                                             

Document Number:         58

Folder SEQ  #:          5







                                                                       AEMAB-VT
                                                               15 October 199o



                                 INFORMATION PAPER



   SUBJECT: Reported Defects in Meals Ready to Eat (MRES)



   1. Purpose: To categorize the reported defects of MREs stored in the
   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
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   2. Facts:


       a. The reported defects in MRE's are directly proportional to the
   amount a+ time kept at high ambient temperatures and in direct sunlight.

       b. These reported defects will not make the soldier sick; however,
   they may decrease the palatability and aesthetic appearance of the MRE..

       C. These reported defects will be reduced if stockage levels are
   minimized at the Class I supply points and a source of shade provided
   (camouflage netting).

       d. Reported MRE defects and their corresponding explanation are as
   follows:

           1) Discolored/separated cheese; This is due to the high +at
   content and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. I+ one kneads the
   product before opening the package, the aesthetic appearance will
   improve. Color variation from white to yellow is normal.

           2) Coagulation of peanut butter/separation of oil from main
   body; This is due to the high fat content, long term storage and exposure
   to direct sunlight. If one kneads the product before opening the package,
   the aesthetic appearance will improve.

           3) Melting of chocolate candy bars; This is a result of exposure
   to sunlight and high ambient storage tempertures.

           4) Of+ color a+ applesauce (browning); This is a normal
   variation a+ color dependent on the type of apples used. Brown applesauce
   is most common in 1?89 date of pack MRES. Color variation from white to
   brown is acceptable.

           5) Increased hardness of brownies; Moisture content is low to
   ensure successful long term storage. Thus a very firm texture is normal.

ncreased grittiness of kethcup; To decrease this finding,
   soldiers should be instructed to vigorously mix for 30 seconds after the
   addition a+ water.

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File Room = aug96_declassified
File Cabinet = Week-34
Box ID = BX005153
Unit = 22D SUPCOM
Parent Organization = ARCENT
Folder Title = SAUDI ARABIAN AGRI AND DIARY CO LTD
Folder Seq # = 5
Subject = REPORTED DEFECTS IN MEALS READY TO EAT 15 OCT 9
Document Seq # = 58
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Queued for Declassification = 01-JAN-1980
Short Term Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Long Term Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Permanent Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Non-Health Related Document = 01-JAN-1980
Declassified = 04-NOV-1996