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Libya - Jun 24, 2011 - 12:00

Last modified: 24 Jun 2011 09:00

Follow-up on Al Jazeera's story on a Turkish company providing meals ready-to-eat (MREs) to the Gaddafi government: the company in question has now issued a denial.

UNIFO, the Turkish company, which specialises in portable rations and MREs, has issued a press release denying that its products can be classified as "military".

The press release in full:

Unifo manufactures sterilized Ready Meals in flexible packaging that keeps the meals consumable for more than two years under ambient conditions. Our products are sold in markets, restaurants and fastfood chains. Our products are widely preferred for outdoor activities due to our light and flexible packaging technology, easy heating applications, long shelf life under ambient conditions, and many recipies for different taste.

Our products are nutrition items and can not be classified as military products. Such ready meals are available in many stores all around the world.

Unifo, just like many other companies active in food sector in Turkey, markets its products to many local and international customers. Recent news in world media saying that our company has sold military rations to government of Libya do not reflect the truth. Our company has not made any sales contract with Government of Libya . We manufacture millions of pouches of Ready Meals everyear. As one would agree, we have no chance to know nor to trace to whom and for what end use purpose our product are resold or distributed.

Respectfully ,

UNIFO Food Industry & Trade Inc.