International experts analyze the latest developments in organoleptic evaluation

International experts analyze the latest developments in organoleptic evaluation

2019/10/04 - Around 40 experts from the member countries of the International Olive Council (IOC) participated in a meeting in which they analyzed the latest updates on organoleptic evaluation, the harmonization of the sensory test panel and the classification of virgin olive oils.

As discussed at the previous meeting, the ES informed attendees that the accreditation guide for ISO 17025 on sensory analysis laboratories had been approved by IOC member countries via written procedure. Work continued with the proposal made by experts from Spain on applying the sensorial analysis method, with reference to official inspection procedures to ensure accurate labelling.

An important part of the meeting was dedicated to presenting the progress of the various electronic working groups, covering topics such as laboratory accreditation, reference materials, and statistics that apply to sensory analysis. The groups presented the results to representatives from the Executive Secretariat, who were happy with the work and wished for more active participation and continued progress.

Attendees also discussed the draft guide to conservation for consumers. The coordinator of the OLEUM project presented the results achieved so far, with particular reference to the production and use of reference materials in sensory panels.

The group also discussed the proposals for a new profile sheet for the Mario Solinas Award. Experts were given updates on IOC recognition for sensorial analysis laboratories.

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