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Appendix A - Inspection of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) Rations

For questions regarding inspection of Operational Rations (short shelf-life, expired, disposal, etc), please e-mail: Army Public Health Center Food Protection Program Operational Rations

Appendix A Documents

Evaluation of Temperature Stressed MREs

Provides guidance on evaluating MREs which have been stored at high temperatures for long periods of time.

Document Description
DSCP 4155.2 Handbook Evaluation of Temperature Stressed MREs
Photo 7A Typical Stages in the Life of a Time Temperature Indicator (TTI).
Photo 7A(1) This scan shows the darkening of the center Time Temperature Indicator (TTI) ring due to cycled temperature with a daily fluctuation between 130F and 85F, which was logged in MIL-VANS in Iraq during summer of 2006. Duration of test was 6 weeks.
Photo 7A(2) Comparison of a Time Temperature Indicator (TTI) in different environments (temperatures).
Photo 7B Applesauce, 3 months.
Photo 7C Applesauce, 6 months.
Photo 7D Applesauce, 12 months.
Photo 7E Applesauce, 24 months.
Photo 7F Applesauce, 36 months.
Photo 7G Cheese Spread, 3 months.
Photo 7H Cheese Spread, 6 months.
Photo 7I Cheese Spread, 12 months.
Photo 7J Cheese Spread, 24 months.
Photo 7K Cheese Spread, 36 months.
More Photos Additional photos of Temperature Stressed MRE's

Additional Photos of Temperature Stressed MREs

Document Description
Photo 1 Applesauce
Photo 2 Bread
Photo 3 Cheese
Photo 4 Coffee
Photo 5 Creamer
Photo 6 Gum
Photo 7 Hot Sauce
Photo 8 Pound Cake
Photo 9 Sliced Apples
Photo 10 Chicken Bouillon (Food Packet, Survival, GPI)
Photo 11 Pineapple
Photo 12 Mixed Fruit
Photo 13 Raspberry Applesauce

Appendix A Monographs

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  • M1B: Meal, Ready-to-Eat
  • M1C: Menu Bag
  • M1D: MRE Shipping Packaging, General
  • M1E: Shipping Container, MRE
  • M1F: Unit Basic Load (pallets)
  • M1G: MRE Spoon
  • M10A | Image: Beef Snacks, Cured, Kippered beef, Strips (Chopped and Formed), Smoked
  • M10A3: Beef Snacks, Sticks, Teriyaki
  • M10D: Flameless Raton Heater
  • M10F | Image: Pretzels, Bavarian or Hard, Rods, Sticks, Twists, Nuggets, Plain, salted
  • M10F1: Pretzels, Nuggets, Honey Mustard
  • M10Q | Image: Pretzels, Cheddar Cheese
  • M10T | Image: Almonds, Smoke Flavored
  • M10V: Granola with Milk and Blueberries
  • M10W: Cashews, Halves (splits), Flavored, Jalapeno
  • M10Y: Snack Bread, Italian Bread Sticks, Single Pack
  • M10Z | Image1 | Image2: Raisins, Not Fortified
  • M2C1: Chicken Burrito Bowl
  • M2D | Image: Beef Stew
  • M2E | Image: Cheese Tortellini in Tomato Sauce
  • M2I | Image: Chicken, Noodles & Vegetables in Sauce
  • M2K | Image: Chili & Macaroni
  • M20: Elbow Macaroni in Tomato Sauce
  • M2P1: Pizza Slice, Pepperoni
  • M2P2: Pizza Slice, Cheese
  • M2V1: Spaghetti w/ Beef & Sauce
  • M2Z | Image: Beef Patty, Grilled, Jalapeno Pepper Jack
  • M2Z1: Brisket Entree (Gravy with Seasoned Beef Brisket Slices)
  • M2Z2: Pork Sausage Patty, Maple Flavored
  • M2Z3: Beef Goulash
  • M2Z4: Beef Strips in a Savory Tomato Sauce


  • M2B | Image: Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce
  • M2B14 | Image: Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
  • M2B20: Tuna, Lemon Pepper
  • M2B24: Southwest Style Beef and Black Beans with Sauce
  • M2B25: Mexican Style Chicken Stew
  • M2B26: Asian Style Beef Strips w/ Vegetables
  • M2B27: Beef Taco Filling
  • M2B28: Chicken Chunks White Cooked
  • M2B29: Vegetable Crumbles with Pasta in Taco Style Sauce
  • M2B30: Beef Shredded in Barbecue Sauce
  • M2B31: Creamy Spinach Fettuccine
  • M2B32: Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions in Marinara Sauce
  • M3A: Potatoes Au Gratin
  • M3B1: Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans
  • M3D1: Potatoes, Mashed, Garlic
  • M3G | Image: Tortillas
  • M3G1: Tortillas Chipotle
  • M3G2: Tortillas, Whole Grain
  • M3M: Black Beans in a Seasoned Sauce
  • M3N: Bread Mini-Loaf Sliced
  • M4E1: Pound Cakes, Lemon Poppy Seed
  • M4G1: Pound Cakes, Applesauce, Trans-fat free
  • M4H | Image: Vanilla Pound Cake, Shelf Stable
  • M4M | Image: Crackers, Fortified, Plain
  • M4M1: Cheese Filled Crackers Cheddar Cheese
  • M4M2: Cheese Filled Crackers, Pepperoni Pizza
  • M4M4: Toasted Corn Kernels Plain Salted
  • M4M5: Toasted Corn Kernels Barbecue
  • M4M6: Protein Puffs, Ring Shaped, Barbeque (Type IX, Flavor 1)
  • M4R | Image: Crackers, Vegetable
  • M4V | Image: Regular Oatmeal Cookies Plain Crisp
  • M4V1: Oatmeal Cookie, Chocolate Chunk
  • M4Y | Image: Wheat Snack Bread
  • M4Y2: Snack Bread, Multigrain
  • M4Y3: Snack Bread, White Wheat
  • M4Z | Image: Cake, Shelf Stable, Chocolate Banana Muffin Top
  • M4Z2 Image: Cakes, Shelf Stable, Carrot Pound Cake
  • M4Z3: Regular, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Plain, Crisp
  • M4Z5: Cookies, Regular, Sugar, Patriotic

  • M4A3 | Image: Cobbler, Cherry Blueberry
  • M4A7 | Image: Cakes, Shelf Stable, Spice Pound Cake
  • M4A9 | Image: Pound Cakes, Marble
  • M4A11: Toaster Pastries, Regular, Frosted, Chocolate Chip, Fortified, Rectangular, Single Serving Packet
  • M4A12: Dessert Powder, Pudding, Regular, Instant, Non Fat Dry Milk, Add Water, Chocolate
  • M4A13: Dessert Powder, Pudding, Regular, Instant, Non Fat Dry Milk, Add Water, Vanilla
  • M4A19: Chocolate Pudding with Protein (Type II)
  • M4A14: Maple Muffin Top
  • M4A15: Filled Bakery Item, Cinnamon Bun
  • FS1-02: Filled Bakery Item, French Toast
  • FS3-01: First Strike Bar, Apple-Cinnamon
  • FS3-02: First Strike Bar, Chocolate
  • FS3-06: First Strike Bar, Cran-Raspberry
  • M4A16: Filled Bakery Item, Apple Turnover
  • M4A17: Toaster Pastries, Regular, Unfrosted, Brown Sugar Cinnamon
  • M5C | Image: Mixed Fruit, Sweetened
  • M5G | Image: Pears, Sweetened, Diced
  • M5J: Apple Pieces in Spiced Sauce
  • M5K | Image: Applesauce, w/ Raspberry Puree, Sweetened, Regular Style
  • M5L | Image: Applesauce, Carb Enhanced, Sweetened, Regular Style
  • M5M | Image: Applesauce, w/ Mango & Peach Puree
  • M5O | Image: Sliced Cranberries, Not Fortified
  • M5P: Apple Strawberry Carrot Puree Squeeze
  • M5P1: Banana Pumpkin Puree Squeeze
  • M6B | Image: Jelly, Apple
  • M6D | Image: Jelly, Grape
  • M6E | Image: Peanut Butter
  • M6F | Image: Jam, Fruit, Strawberry
  • M6H | Image: Peanut Spread, Regular, Smooth, Chocolate
  • M6I: Jam, Fruit, Blackberry
  • M6J: Peanut Butter, Regular, Chunky
  • M6K | Image: Peanuts, Shelled, Roasted
  • M6L | Image: Cheese Spread, Cheddar ,Fortified, Plain
  • M6L1: Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Fortified with Jalapeno Peppers
  • M6L2: Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Fortified with Bacon
  • M6M: Baked Snack Crackers, Cheddar Cheese
  • M6N | Image: Baked Snack Crackers, Hot and Spicy
  • M6P: Trail Mix Recovery with Pretzels
  • M6P1: Trail Mix Recovery with Beef Jerky (Type II)
  • M6P2: Salted Caramel Marshmallow Crisp
  • M71: Chocolate Protein Drink Powder, Flavor 1
  • M71A: Chocolate Protein Drink Powder, Flavor 2
  • M7C1 | Image:: Cocoa Beverage Powder, without Marshmallows
  • M7D1: Beverage Base, Cranberry Grape, Non-Nutritive Sweetner 
  • M7E | Image: Beverage Powder, Lemon Lime, Nutritive Sweetener
  • M7F: Beverage Powder, Orange, Fortified & Enhanced
  • M7I | Image: Beverage Base, Lemonade, Non-Nutritative Sweetener
  • M7J: Beverage Base, Tropical Punch, Nutritive Sweetener
  • M7P: Cocoa Beverage Powder, Hazelnut
  • M7R: Beverage Base, Orange, Sweetened with Non-Nutritive Sweetener, Fortified with Ascorbic Acid and Calcium
  • M7R1: Beverage Base, Raspberry, Sweetened with Non-Nutritive Sweetner
  • M7S: Flavored Instant Cappuccino, Regular, French Vanilla
  • M7S1: Flavored Instant Cappuccino, Regular, Mocha
  • M7S2: Flavored Instant Cappuccino, Regular, Irish Cream
  • M7T1: Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte, Fruit Punch (Flavor I)
  • M7T2: Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte, Grape (Flavor II)
  • M7T3: Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte, Lemon lime (Flavor III)
  • M7T4: Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte, Orange (Flavor IV)
  • M7V: Fruit and Vegetable Blend Juice Smoothie Powder
  • M8D | Image: Candy, Pan Coated Disks, Milk Chocolate
  • M8K: Nuts and Raisins with Pan Coated Chocolate Disks
  • M8O | Image1 | Image2: Candy, Pan Coated, Disks, Peanut butter, Plain
  • M8O4: Candy, Pan Coated Disks, Fruit Flavor Original
  • M8O5: Candy, Pan Coated Disks, Fruit Flavor Sour
  • M8O6 | Image: Candy, Pan Coated, Oval/Round, Chocolate with Peanuts
  • M8P | Image: Licorice Style Candy, Bite Size, Cherry
  • M8T: Mint Candy, Rings, Peppermint
  • M9A: Catsup, Regular
  • M9B2: Coffee, Soluble, Spray Dried, Agglomerated, Regular
  • M9C1 | Image1 | Image2: Cream Substitute
  • M9E | Image: Hot Sauce
  • M9E2: Hot Sauce, Buffalo Style
  • M9E3: Hot Sauce, Chili and Lime
  • M9E4: Hot Sauce, Powdered Spice Blend
  • M9F: Salt, Table
  • M9G: Sugar
  • M9G1: Sugar Substitutes, Non-Carbohydrate, Sucralose
  • M9J1: Spice, Red Pepper, Crushed
  • M9L | Image: Mayonnaise, Fat Free
  • M9M1: Chewing Gum, Sugar Free (Xylitol), Peppermint & Cinnamon
  • M9U: Syrup, Table, Regular Calorie, Imitation Maple
  • M9V: Mustard, Prepared, Yellow (salad style) Type I
  • M9X: Barbecue Sauce, Plain, Regular without Fruit Purees