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Civilian vs Military MRE’s

This the second part of an article on MREs, the first part was posted yesterday.  Civilian MREs (meals ready to eat) are a confusing issue.  There are currently a number of manufacturers producing MREs for the civilian market.  The three major manufacturers of MREs for the military (Ameriqual, Sopakco, and Wornick) have all started producing their own civilian MREs. Recently International Meals Supply, a certified supplier of emergency rations for the Department of Defense, has started selling a brand called “MREStar”.

Ameriqual sells under the name APack; there are 12 meals to a case, 6 different menus.  They provide approximately 1400 calories per meal according to their website. …

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Shorter Shelf Life of MRE’s

This is a rerun of an earlier post I ran a year or so ago.  I have recently had some questions brought to my attention on the subject so I decided to run it again.  This explains why the new MRE’s have a shorter shelf life.

Howard

In 1963, the Department of Defense began developing the “Meal, Ready to Eat”, a ration that would rely on modern food preparation and packaging technology to create a lighter replacement for the C ration.

In 1966 they produced Long Range Patrol or LRP rations, a dehydrated meal stored in a waterproof canvas pouch. In 1975, work began on a dehydrated meal stored in a plastic retort pouch.…

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Beware of Civilian MREs

The other day I was in a military surplus store and saw some so called MREs for sale.  A close look quickly revealed that these were not even close to military spec.  The only item manufactured by a government supplier was the entre.  Everything else was a cheap civilian substitute.  The extras included granola bars and cheap candy.  I would not trust these rations for storage.  Even though the entre was milspec you have no idea under what conditions it has been stored and for how long.  These were selling for the same price as new military spec MREs.

Do some research before you waste your money on cheap imitation rations. …

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