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Assistant Minister for Defence visits Tasmanian research establishments

Food research is essential for defence operations."

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) requires a high level of research in areas such nutrition, in order to ensure the operational requirements of defence personnel are met.

That's why Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, along with Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic visited Tasmanian research establishments on August 6.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Scottsdale nutrition research laboratory, located in Northern Tasmania, was a key location during the visit.

At this facility, food technology is studied in order to find new ways of meeting the nutritional needs of the defence force. For personnel deployed in the field, a strong supply of nutritious food is of utmost importance.

"The work carried out at DSTO Scottsdale focuses on food technology research in support of the Defence Force's current operational requirements and nutritional research for future Defence needs," Mr Robert explained.

This DSTO facility also produces freeze-dried meals, which are used in the ADF reduced weight ration packs. In 2013 alone, 80,000 freeze dried meals were produced.

There's no doubt that this facility will continue to be of the highest priority for defence forces over the next few years, as well as Tasmanian industry.

"Today's visit was most valuable in demonstrating Tasmania's potential as a leading food research and production location," Mr Nikolic said.

The Centre for Food Innovation at the University of Tasmania was also visited, as it has an alliance with the DSTO. This focuses on increasing research and development capacity for food production for both civilian and defence purposes.

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