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j. Meal, Ready-to-Eat Lot Serviceability. Two factors are considered when
determining the overall serviceability of a MRE lot.
(1) The lot is condition coded using Table N, Condition Code Criteria
Defects from Special Inspection Results (Components That Equal or Exceed An Action
(2) Then the integrity of the packaging and packing is considered. It is
recognized that the status of a MRE lot initially declared unserviceable might change as
the result of a rework effort or special instructions provided by the Accountable Officer
at/prior to issue.
k. Operational Ration. An operational ration of food used by the Armed Forces
for field feeding.
l. Perishable Module. Comprised of all perishable components included in the
m. Product Codes.
(1) Assembly code information: Contract and component identification
markings found on the shipping container, modules, menu bags, and/or accessory bags
that reflect ration assembly information only (for example, assembly contractor, date of
pack, assembly lot numbers, inspection test date (ITD), and so forth).
(2) Component code information: Item identification markings found on the
primary package and, when applicable, the secondary package (for example.,
thermostabilized pouch cartons or trays) that reflects the producer's name, the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Establishment Number, the production lot
number of the component, the nomenclature, and so forth).
n. Ration. An allowance of food needed for the subsistence of one person for
o. Ration Module. The end-item ration that contains the entire contents of the
menu to feed one meal to a specified number of individuals. The ration module includes
one perishable module and two semi-perishable modules.
p. Semi-Perishable Module. Semi-perishable module is comprised of two
cases that contain the complete semi-perishable food items and disposable
components of the ration module.