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  Indestructible sarnie for hungry soldiers
Updated 11 April 2002, 10.37
Indestructible sarnies!
Scientists have solved the problem of soggy sarnies and invented a sandwich that lasts for three years and can't be destroyed easily!

They developed it for hungry soldiers in the battlefield.

Soggy no-no

End to soggy packed lunches?
End to soggy packed lunches?

Not only can it last a long time, it can survive air drops, extreme temperatures, and doesn't mind being chucked about.

So they'd be perfect for your packed lunches too!

Usually soldiers get given ready-to-eat packet rations which can be gobbled on the move.

But as yet they haven't had sarnies in rations because water in fillings like meat make them soggy and mouldy.

So US scientists have added a special substance to meat called humectants, which stop water leaking out.

Fact File
Other planned food
Pocket pizzas
Cream-filled bagels
Breakfast burritos
Peanut butter sandwiches

Humectants also stop extra moisture being produced, making it less likely for sarnies to go mouldy. Then they popped the packed lunch into vacuum sealed packs.

And the soldiers' verdict? They thought it was "acceptable" when they tested it.

They won't be in their packed lunches until 2004, and soon after we could see them in shops too!

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