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Police operation in North Rhine-Westphalia (symbolic image): Food supply to be ensured even in the event of a long-term power outage

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The police in North Rhine-Westphalia are preparing for the event of a possible long-lasting power outage – and want to purchase numerous emergency rations for the officers. Among other things, it is about hundreds of thousands of power biscuits, as well as rye bread and jam that can be kept for ten years. This is evident from tender documents of the State Office for Central Police Services (LZPD).

On the one hand, 60,000 people are looking for "emergency food in a compact bar/biscuit form" that has a shelf life of 15 years and contains two pieces each. A ration must cover at least the daily energy requirement of at least 1500 Kcal (kilocalories)," says the LZPD. The authority wants to order another "150,000 emergency kits consisting of bars/biscuits, rye bread and strawberry jam". The emergency kits should be lactose-free and vegan and have a minimum shelf life of ten years.

"In the event of a long-term power failure, the advertised emergency catering is intended to ensure the food supply of the NRW police forces," said a spokeswoman for the LZPD. "Two different types of emergency catering were put out to tender in order to meet the needs of all users – regardless of their intolerances."