Bad Information Puts Consumers at Risk
When it comes to emergency food, many companies play fast and loose with the facts. They create products that don't contain near enough of the nutrients you need in a survival situation—things like calories and protein—and then represent those products as "top quality.”
There are two particularly harmful tactics that some manufacturers use to represent the nutritional quality of their food:
Misleading Serving Quantities
The “number of servings” is advertised instead of how many days the food will sustain you (based on standard caloric and protein needs for an adult). This is misleading because servings alone are meaningless if they do not contain enough quality calories and protein to keep your energy up. For example, a product can advertise “12 servings per day” but if the total servings add up to only 900 calories it simply won’t give you what you need to function well and survive for long.
Empty Calorie Servings
“Servings” are often counted from ingredients void of nutritional value like sugar drinks and salt. The calories in these ingredients are nutritionally empty. Consumers who rely on them in emergencies—when every calorie counts—are putting their health at risk.
QSS: Standards that Protect Consumers
To help consumers identify emergency food that contains everything they need to remain active during a disaster and survive, we created the industry’s first Quality Survival Standards (QSS). These standards are based in health science best practices as well as guidelines set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term survival.
QSS is defined by these two core nutritional and survival standards:
CALORIES: 2,000 per day
The FDA has set the minimum guideline of 2,000 calories per day, per person for the average sedentary adult. Empty calories from sources like sugar drinks do not provide the nutritional value needed for sustained health and energy. For that reason, QSS counts only quality calories derived from complex carbohydrates found in complete foods.
PROTEIN: 50g per day
The FDA has determined that the average sedentary adult needs at minimum 50 grams of protein per day. All QSS-compliant products meet or exceed the 50-gram standard because the nutritional value of protein helps provide the long-lasting energy, health and mental clarity needed to survive.
When Your Life Depends on Food, Look for QSS Seal of Quality
At Emergency Essentials, our premium kits display the QSS seal to show you they contain all the nutrients you need for sustainable energy and health in survival situations.