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Table 3 Scoring of food groups according to four main criteria for selecting foods for disaster response planning

From: Food selection criteria for disaster response planning in urban societies

Criteria Dry cereals Nuts Dried fruits Grains Legumes Dried meat/fish Dry milk Fresh vegetables Fresh fruits Fresh milk Eggs Fresh meat/fish
Nutrient Density 3 2 1 3 2 2 3 3 0 3 2 3
Storage/Handling properties 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 0
 Low space requirement - - - - -
 Long shelf life (>12 months) - - - - -
 No refrigeration requirement/minimal sanitation concerns - - -
Preparation ease 3 3 3 0 0 3 1 1 2 2 1 1
 No utensils required - - - - - - - -
 No cooking required - - - - -
 No reconstitution required - - -
Cultural acceptance/individual tolerance 3 2 3 3 2 0 0 3 3 0 2 0
“Total” Score 12 10 10 9 7 8 7 8 6 5 5 4