RUSF (Ready to Use supplementary Food)

RUSF is a food supplement that is intended to be eaten for two to three months, as part of a nutritional program, to treat moderate acute malnutrition for children six months and older. The product is intended to be eaten directly from the package with no necessary dilution, mixing or cooking. One package contains one daily dose. This product is NOT a breast-milk replacer.

RUSF is a fortified lipid-based paste/spread that is stabilised and individually packaged in robust sachets that are packed in sturdy cartons. RUSF is generally made with heat treated oil seeds/pulses/cereals, sugar, milk powder, vegetable oils, vitamins and minerals.


Nutrients and
nutritional values per
100g finished product
Unit Minimum Maximum
Energy Kcal 510 560
Protein g 11 16
Dry skimmed milk protein g 3.6 -
Fat g 26 36
ω-3 fatty acids g 0.30 1.80
ω-6 fatty acids g 2.6 6.10
Retinol (Vit A) mcg 550 1150
Thiamin (Vit B1) mg 1.0 -
Riboflavin (Vit B2) mg 2.1 -
Niacin (Vit B3) (Vit B2) mg 13 -
Pantothenic Acid (Vit B5) mg 4.0 -
Pyridoxine (Vit B6) (Vit B2) mg 1.8 -
Biotin (Vit B7) mcg 60 -
Folates(Vit B9) DFE mcg DFE 330 -
Cobalamine (Vit B12) mcg 2.7 -
Ascorbate (Vit C) mg 60 -
Cholecalciferiol (Vit D) mcg 15 20
Tocopherol acetate (Vit E) mg aTE 16 -
Phytomenadione (Vit K) mcg 27 -
Calcium (Ca) mg 535 750
Copper (Cu) mg 1.4 1.9
Iodine (I) mcg 100 140
Iron (Fe) mg 10 14
Magnesium (Mg) mg 150 225
Manganese (Mn) mg 1.2 2.4
Phosphorus (P) mg 450 750
Potassium (K) mg 900 1400
Selenium (Se) mcg 20 40
Sodium (Na) mg - 270
Zinc (Zn) mg 11 14

RUSF have minimum 24 months shelf life when stored up to 30°C at 65% relative humidity.

RUSF is packaged in food-grade sachets, hermetically sealed and robust enough to prevent leakage and protect the product throughout its shelf life. Sachet material does not represent a hazard for infants and young children when sachets are opened and put in contact with the mouth. RUSF is packed in cartons suitable for the humanitarian supply chain, each box containing 150 individual sachets.

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