FIELD TEST OF ACCEPTABILITY AND ADEQUACY OF U. S. ARMY C, K, 10-IN-1 AND CANADIAN ARMY MESS TIN RATIONS
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY FORT KNOX
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The improvements in C Ration embodied in the Experimental and New types have rendered it highly acceptable the components of the Old C Ration had low consumption and poor acceptability rating. Variety, good quality and the use of common American foods all contributed to the excellence of the ration. The inherently messy side-opening of cans was the chief drawback. The present K Ration, when the fullest variety was available, was well received and consumed. The issue of cheese was too large. Bouillon was poorly received. Lemon powder rated fair. The new meat components and new biscuits were a definite improvement over the old types. Sardines, pea soup and milk-and-sugar powder in the Canadian Army Mess Tin Ration were not well received, but acceptability of jam and butter was high. Monotony is the chief fault over a 3 week period. Low acceptability by American troops is not necessarily true for Canadian or British troops. The 10-in-1 Ration was excellent for support area feeding. The K Ration components of the noon meal rated low on acceptability. Dehydrated products were not generally acceptable unless their preparation received special attention. The rotation of 5 menus provided ample variation where menus differ significantly, through qualitative ratings showed decreasing acceptability of certain items as monotony became a factor. The philosophy of having an emergency type ration lunch in a support area ration is not consistent, and its use in theaters of operations should be studied. If mobility is essential, each meal should be packed individually so that all the components would not have to be assembled and sorted when movement takes place.