Navigation Links
Tastier MRE: Chemistry gives battlefield chow a gourmet flare

The portable packages of food called the Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE) that sustain military personnel in combat or field conditions without regular food facilities are getting tastier and more sophisticated thanks to innovations in food technology. That's the focus of an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine.

C&EN Senior Editor Bethany Halford notes that the forerunners to today's MREs, known as C Rations, consisted of simple ingredients like beans and franks or ham slices in little green cans. One former soldier described the meals as "big wads of grease." By contrast, today's MRE contains a main course like ravioli, bread, moist lemon poppyseed cake for dessert, a packet of instant coffee or other powdered beverage, and a flameless heater. Instead of cans, modern field rations come in tough pouches that can withstand heavy downpours and endure helicopter air-drops.

Scientists have devoted years to developing the modern MRE, which must meet a strict set of criteria, including a prolonged shelf life ranging from months to even years. MRE packaging now contains protective layers, composed of foil and other materials, which block out oxygen, water vapor, and light to keep food from spoiling. Scientists are currently testing improved packaging materials, advanced sterilization techniques, and better ways to heat foods. Who knows, military personnel of the future may even find that MRE with crab cakes in sweet pepper aioli and finish up with a lemon curd napoleon.


Contact: Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Welch Foundation honors Orth as rising star in chemistry
2. Heska Announces Installation of New Chemistry Analyzer
3. ACS Webinar features tips for using a chemistry degree in finding career opportunities
4. Dalton Pharma Services and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. Announce the Renewal of their Chemistry Services Agreement
5. Kaiser Permanente Gives $5 Million to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
6. UDM School of Dentistry Gives Kids A Smile
7. Starr International Foundation Gives $1 Million To Earthquake Relief Effort In Haiti
8. AquaNatal Birth Center Gives Away a Waterbirth Package to Celebrate the Successful MAMA Campaign
9. RPS Worldwide Launches Affiliate Program -- The Collection Agency That Gives Christmas Back, Rather Than Take it Away
10. Outpatient Disc Treatment Gives Long-Term Back Pain Relief
11. Outpatient disc treatment gives long-term back pain relief
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Visage accelerates mobile ... wholly owned subsidiary of Pro Medicus Ltd. (ASX: PME), has announced they are ... of North America (RSNA) 2015 annual meeting through December 3 in Chicago, Illinois, ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... that it has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation ... FierceMobileHealthcare. Next IT Healthcare was recognized as a finalist in the category of ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... MA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... Lutronic, ... release of Clarity, the latest addition to the devices for sale in the United ... 755 nm Alexandrite and long-pulsed 1064 nm Nd:YAG lasers, into a single platform that ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PYA’s latest ... Integration ,” addresses a main “pain point” for merging or aligning healthcare provider ... a deal is signed. This quick-read guidance suggests that failing to recognize ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PartnerTech , ... membership and leadership since 2008. Gary Bruce, President of PartnerTech North America, currently ... spent a significant amount of time in Sweden since joining PartnerTech based in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... MARIETTA, Ga. , Dec. 1, 2015 ... purchase Dallas, Texas -based Tenet Healthcare,s ... WellStar Board of Trustees approved the strategic move following ... expand upon its proven clinical care models and patient ... improved access to healthcare to new communities. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)...  Eyeon Therapeutics has received a Notice of ... on a charged hydrophilic polymer developed at Particles ... has been shown to be safe and effective ... Mitchnick , MD, CEO states, "This second set ... in conjunction with a therapeutic agent.  Nanoparticles coated ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Pharma Tech Outlook recently conducted a comprehensive ... Management Solution Providers - 2015 .  After careful consideration ... CIOs, VCs, analysts, and the Pharma Tech Outlook editorial ... 10 clinical data management solution providers (check out the ... 36 respectively). --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: