MRE SHELF LIFE

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The Major catalog says the following...

MRE's do not have an indefinite shelf life. Although these foods are designed to withstand the harshest conditions, they are time and temperature sensitive. Here are additional facts and observations about shelf life of MRE:

The expected shelf life shown in the chart below was determined by military and public food scientists. These determinations were made on the basis of numerous criteria, such as taste. In this process, it was discovered that the acceptable nutritional content and basic product safety can extend beyond this process, it was discovered that the acceptable nutritional content and basic product safety can extend beyond the point where taste degradation would occur. This means that MRE's would be safe and give a degree of food value after the official expiration of the product as determined by taste.

Note: Time and temperature have a cumulative effect (storage at 100 degrees for 11 months moved to 70 degrees would lose half the 70-degree shelf life.)

ESTIMATED SERVICEABLE LIFE

Storage Temperature

Storage Life

120 degrees

1 month

100 degrees

18 months

90 degrees

30 months

80 degrees

48 months

70 degrees

55 months

60 degrees

84 months

MRE Fast Facts

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