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Increase in the shelflife of Plumpy’nut

Malnourished Child with ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF)

Aware of the long time it can take for products to reach the field, especially in land-locked countries, Nutriset have been conducting research with a view to increasing the 'best before' date of Plumpy'nut. Through product changes, brought about by field feedback and company trials, the shelf-life of the product is due to increase from 20 to 24 months1.

A study by Nutriset on the ageing of Plumpy'nut, when kept for two years at a temperature of 40°C, has resulted in changes to extend the life of the product, without impairing its taste, its general aspect and its nutritional qualities. Documented losses of the two most heat sensitive vitamins (vitamin A and vitamin C) during the trial, have been accounted for through a dose increase.

For more details, please contact Christelle Lecossais, Product manger, Nutriset at email: nutriset@nutriset.fr.


1At time of writing (May 2003), product with increased shelf-life not yet in circulation.

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Increase in the shelflife of Plumpy’nut. Field Exchange 19, July 2003. p19. www.ennonline.net/fex/19/plumpy

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