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CSIR-CFTRI dispatches first consignment of RTE meals to Kerala, Kodagu

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Core Tip: CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, has flagged off a flood relief programme and has dispatched the first consignment, containing ready-to-eat (RTE) meals, to the affected regions of Kerala and Karnataka.
 CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, has flagged off a flood relief programme and has dispatched the first consignment, containing ready-to-eat (RTE) meals, to the affected regions of Kerala and Karnataka. It was airlifted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Wayanad in Kerala, and Kodagu district in Karnataka.
 
Three consignments were dispatched from CSIR-CFTRI. Each consignment contained 6,000 meals. This, according to the institute, is as per the information received from the field now. The airlifted material, which is over 1.5 tonne, has reached Kochi. The Wayanad consignment, which consisted of 5,500 meals, was received at the district collector’s office and efforts were on to reach the food supplies to the nearby camps.
 
“The consignment sent to Kodagu is being distributed at relief and community centres,” said the institute, adding that there were 6,000 meals for flood victims in this region. “The food items were shelf-stable chapati with chutney and tomato curry, imli or tamarind  poha, an instant upma mix, high-protein biscuits, rusks, pickles, jams and water bottles,” stated B V Sathyendra Rao, chief scientist and head, technology transfer and business development, CSIR-CFTRI.
 
The institute will target the supply of 50,000 meals over the next two or three days, and top priority will be given for the consignments to be airlifted to Kerala. Rao said, “We plan to distribute a total of 50,000 meals, along with snack items. Foods are prepared based on CFTRI-based technology and with the assistance of the institute’s licensee companies.”
 
Moreover, the efforts are also supported by Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), which is also based out of Mysuru, besides Apollo Hospitals and Travel Parkz. The airlifting is done in association with DFRL from the Mysuru airport. 
 
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