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Bitter or sweet? New ISO standard to promote consistency in sensory analysis
Article Type: News From: Sensor Review, Volume 29, Issue 2
When trying to describe the taste, smell or feel of a product, a universe of terms and sensations will come to mind. This can be problematic when comparing products through sensory analysis. A new ISO standard will reduce this complexity by ensuring that sensory tests and results are communicated in a consistent manner.
Sensory analysis applies sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing to test and compare consumer products. Food, cosmetic, fragrance, textile and other industries use it to evaluate new and established products, ensure that product quality is maintained, assess shelf life, and investigate new products or revise and improve existing ones.
ISO 5492:2008, Sensory analysis – vocabulary lists terms and definitions relating to sensory analysis, thus promoting global consistency in a field which must often rely on the subjective experience of assessors and an overwhelming multiplicity of descriptive terms.