Armed Forces: Food

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink UKIP, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the use of operational ration packs which are approaching the end of their shelf life.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 14 July 2008

All operational ration packs (ORP) components are intended to achieve a minimum of 24 months shelf life after production. A selection of each pack date is sent for analysis by the MOD contracted chemist at the 18 month point. Depending on the recommendations made by the chemist the rations are then recommended for re-inspection in six months, three months or certified as no longer suitable for issue. This process is repeated until the rations are certified as no longer suitable for issue. A monthly report is issued to all units in the armed forces through front line Commands detailing the material condition of each pack date. Action is then taken to ensure that stocks are managed accordingly.

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