Sensory Evaluation of Food
One of the most important tests a food must pass before a business will risk mass production is that given by a sensory panel. The food may be nutritious and meet economic criteria in production but if it does not smell, look, feel, and taste good, it will not be a successful product. Test panels may be trained in sensory evaluation or they may be untrained consumer panels. The results from both are extremely important to the food technologist in determining many factors such as formulation, processing techniques, and packaging.