30 Jul '13, 10am

MRE production for 2014 does away with lasagna, refried beans, fajitas

MRE production for 2014 does away with lasagna, refried beans, fajitas

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 29, 2013) -- Barbecue shredded beef, vegetarian taco pasta, and seasoned black beans will replace chicken fajitas, vegetable lasagna, refried beans and potato cheddar soup in the 2014 production of Meals, Ready-to-Eat. Each year, the Combat Feeding Directorate goes into the field to test new food items with the warfighters and get input on existing food items, said Jeanette Kennedy, a senior food technologist at Natick Labs, Mass. Soldiers also make recommendations for items they would like to see in Meals, Ready-to-Eat, known as MREs. But sometimes, implementing these items is not feasible due to the process of food preservation technology. Kennedy said this is the case with a commonly recommended item, pizza. MREs are produced through the "retort process," which is a thermal processing method meant to sterilize food. The food items are...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/108223/MRE_production_for_201...

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