We produce milk-peanut formula Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs) based upon standard United Nations guidelines. Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs), also called “Lipid based Nutrient Supplements (LNS)”, are highly fortified, oil-based nutrient dense pastes specifically designed for the treatment of malnutrition. They are made from varying combinations of grains, pulses and seeds, milk powder, sugar, oil, vitamins and minerals. They are precooked and ready to eat straight from the pack. As they are oil-based, bacteria cannot grow in RUFs which can be stored safely for up to one year without the need for refrigeration. In a resource poor setting, these products are literally life-savers!
Ready-to-use foods fall into three main categories:
- Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) – targeting severe acute malnutrition in children and adults. RUTF is for institutional use upon the recommendation of a trained professional.
- Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) – targeting moderate acute malnutrition in children and adults.
- Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF) – targeting chronic malnutrition among young children.