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Be Prepared and Maximize Your Disaster Nutrition Dollars

Transition to a Shelf Stable Disaster Plan & Draw a Comprehensive Return on Investment

by Jo Miller, MPH, RDN

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Disaster Nutrition Plan

There are many benefits to transitioning from a traditional disaster plan to a shelf stable plan. In order to be shelf stable, perishable food must be treated by heat and/ or dried to destroy food-borne microorganisms that can cause illness or spoil food.  Shelf stable foods can be safely stored at room temperature in a sealed container for a usefully long shelf life (i.e. 10 years). Drying is the world’s oldest and most common method of food preservation. Freeze-drying preserves freshness, color, and aroma, while being completely shelf-stable. And, the compact design of the packaging allows you to store more in less space.

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