ARMED FORCES FOOD SCIENCE ESTABLISHMENT SCOTTSDALE (AUSTRALIA)
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In 1954, development of three combat ration packs, for use by Australian Servicemen, was commenced. It commenced in Melbourne without the use of readily available laboratory facilities for the analyses of commercially processed foods, and without the use of equipment for the production and testing of mock-up containers, either tinplate or fibreboard. Private industy was geneally reluctant to spend time and money on the development of new products for which there might be only a limited Defense demand. There were few food processors who were able to provide detailed analyses of their product. This made if difficult to obtain quantities of some processed foods, having specified properties, that could be incorporated in complete ration packs for test purposes. Concurrent with this program of work on rations, there were four other defence food science project being conducted in Australia. They related to meat dehydration, glucose-free egg powder, fat anti-oxidants and the compression of dehydrated vegetables. The work on compression was undertaken in a small research station located at Scottsdale, Tasmania, adjoining the only large dehydration factory in Australia. The limited facilities at this station were also used, to a minor degree, during the development of ration packs.
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