Fortified blended foods need to be handled and transported with care:
- They should be bagged properly, i.e. during packaging as little air as possible should remain in the bags.
- They should be stored in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place.
- The storage place should be kept meticulously clean to prevent infestation by rodents and insects.
- FBFs need to be stored off the ground and stacked on a pallet made of wooden planks or bamboo to prevent condensation. They should be stored away from walls and roofs.
- There should be enough space left around the stacks for human passage, air circulation and inspection.
- The foods should be rebagged or used immediately if their bags are cut or torn.
- The principle of first-in, first-out should always be respected.
- The shelf-life of most FBFs is at least 6 months after the date of production. FBFs from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Europe have a shelf-;life of at least 12 months. If FBFs are stored beyond their date of expiry, loss of vitamins and minerals may occur. When there is doubt, the product should be sent for a quality check before its use.
Source: World Food Programme