Commodity Acceptance Studies in Pre-School Children of Developing Countries,
ARMY NATICK LABS MA
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In July 1971, eleven DOD research laboratories throughout the country joined together to form the DOD Technology Transfer T2 Consortium. The purpose of this group is to further the transfer of existing knowledge, facilities or capabilities, acquired while working on military RD projects, to the solution of local and national civilian problems. The aim of this project was to develop within a relatively short timespan a sensitive, simple, yet scientifically reliable, method for assessing product acceptability in a variety of cultural settings and age groups. With this in mind, the NLABS-USDA team spent the month of August in the Dominican Republic testing out various suggested techniques using both sweet and bitter flavored non-fat dry milk. This project, besides providing direct information on the acceptability of the whey-soy beverage powder, has made a significant strides in developing a scientific basis for making costly decisions on the distribution of food commodities in a world becoming increasingly in need of such large scale feeding programs.