1-13. HUMANITARIAN DAILY RATION
a. Purpose. This ration was created to feed large populations of displaced
persons or refugees under emergency situations.
b. Product Characteristics.
(1) The Humanitarian Daily Ration (HDR) is similar in concept to the
composed of ready-to-eat thermostabilized entres and complimentary components.
The ration is packaged in materials structurally similar to the MRE. However, the
similarity ends there.
(2) In order to provide the widest possible acceptance from the variety of
potential consumers with diverse religious and dietary restrictions from around the
world, the HDR contains no animal products or animal by-products, except that minimal
amounts of dairy products are permitted. Alcohol or alcohol-based ingredients are
banned from this ration.
(3) The meal bag is similar to the MRE, except that it is a salmon color for
easy visibility. The graphics on the menu bag demonstrate how to open the bag and
that the contents should be eaten.
(4) The shipping containers are the same as the MRE except the HDR case
holds 10 menu bags and contains markings and graphics specific to this ration.
(5) These rations are packaged to withstand extreme environmental
conditions and to allow airdrops when necessary.
(6) The components are designed to provide sustenance for a full day to a
moderately malnourished individual, therefore a minimum of two entrees is provided in
each meal bag. Each meal bag provides not less than 2200 kilocalories.
The shelf life of this ration is 36 months at 80F (27C).
Each case weighs 25 pounds.
c. Additional Information.
(1) The entres may be eaten cold, however, as is universally understood,
the entres generally are more desirable when heated.
(2) The packaged entre may be immersed in hot water or the contents of
the package may be placed in a pot for heating over a flame.