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Food Physical and Sensory Testing

SGS performs food sensory evaluation and physical tests on your products and packaging. We ensure these items are free from defects and/or contamination and also measure and interpret the responses of humans based upon sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.

With dozens of dedicated food sensory analysis and testing facilities around the world, we have the experience, expertise and geographical reach to help you. Wherever you are based and wherever you market your goods, we can work with you to reduce health risks, satisfy your consumers and gain a competitive edge.

Food sensory evaluation

The sensory evaluation of food is becoming an important aspect of product development and marketing, since it offers insights into both consumer behavior and quality assurance. Our food sensory analysis service includes tests for color, flavor, odor and texture that capture consumer reactions using the following methods:

  • Descriptive test
  • Duo-trio test
  • Evaluation test with scale
  • Ranking test
  • Triangular test

Based on these food sensory testing results, you can:

  • Change raw materials, ingredients and additives
  • Compare your products with those produced by your competitors
  • Define and test “best by” dates
  • Develop new products
  • Examine long-term flavor profiles
  • Grade or rate your products
  • Observe storage stability
  • Optimize your products
  • Prepare product standards

Physical testing

We offer an unparalleled array of physical tests on your food, feedstuffs and packaging. Our technicians are capable of examining both raw ingredients and finished products to identify imperfections and impurities. Our tests include:

  • Appearance, tightness and inner surface condition
  • Count and size
  • Defects
  • Foreign materials
  • Granulation
  • Net mass and relationship between component parts
  • Temperature
  • Viscosity
  • Weight (gross, net and thawed)

Contact SGS now to find out how our physical and sensory testing service can help you to reduce health risks, satisfy your consumers and gain a competitive edge.

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