DRDO-DFRL develops anti-freeze container for transporting fruits & veggies at high altitude terrains

DRDO-Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysuru, has now developed an antifreeze container which can be used for transportation of fruits & vegetables at high altitude terrains. As is known, the hostile environment conditions at these places are a deterrent to use fruits & vegetables for the armed forces. The container uses no electricity and the fruits & vegetables can be transported without chilling to the forward areas. The team of scientists and technologists had recently successfully demonstrated their invention in forward areas of Siachen glacier.

There is a huge need to ensure fruits and vegetables transported to the inaccessible terrains to be protected to ensure the quality and edibility of it is retained to consume or cook. In food, inadequate protection reduces the quality of the fruits and vegetables. The freezing process preserves food for extended periods because it prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both spoilage and foodborne illness. Proper packaging materials for freezing food protect the flavour, colour, moisture content and nutritive value of foods from the harsh climate inside the freezer.

The display of the anti-freeze container was done during DFRL’s exhibition organised on the occasion of the National Technology Day celebrated across India on May 11. This is being commemorated as the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on May 11, 1998. The day observes the importance of science in day to day life and motivates students to adopt science as the career option. On this occasion, Defence Food Research Laboratory showcased for the public the recently developed products and technologies at its facility.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Anil Dutt Semwal, Director, DFRL. Dr. R Kumar, Associate Director, DFRL, and Dr. V.A. Sajeev Kumar, Scientist ‘F’, were present in the inaugural ceremony. Consequent upon, United Nation’s GeneralAssembly (UNGA) declaring 2023 as International Year of Millets on March 5, 2021, DFRL also showcased different millet based products developed for use by triservices as well as general public. The scientists highlighted the importance of millets in daily life. Different Ready to Eat (RTE) millet bars, instant millet mixes, millet flour mixes were displayed. Newly developed antifreeze container was a crowd puller.

Last year, DFRL had designed and developed biodegradable carry bags for food distribution. These are being used as an alternative to the existing non-degradable single-use plastics. These biodegradable bags decompose within a short span of time, which is 180 days leaving no trace behind and avoid the littering problem. By popularising the use of these biodegradable bags, accumulation of municipal solid waste can be avoided, stated DRDO-DFRL in its communication.