Potential Performance Criteria for Combat Ration Packs - Texture Profile Analysis
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION FISHERMANS BEND (AUSTRALIA) LAND DIV
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DEFAUST specifications for combat ration pack CRP food components include functional and performance criteria to ensure that components that are procured are suitable for their intended purpose. Texture profile analysis TPA and water activity aw data have been reviewed to assist in the establishment of performance criteria for CRP food components. The texture measurements displayed large standard deviations limiting their usefulness as performance indicators. In contrast, the uncertainty associated with the aw data was very low. It is suggested that aw be used instead of TPA as a measure of textural quality and stability. An understanding of the correlation between TPA and sensory evaluation data would then be required to establish performance criteria based on TPA.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition