Principles of Good Practice

  • Harry T. Lawless
  • Hildegarde Heymann
Part of the Food science text series book series (FSTS)


In later chapters of this textbook, we will often state that a particular method should be performed using standard sensory practices. This chapter will describe what we mean by “standard sensory practices” Table 3.1 provides a checklist of many of the good practice guidelines discussed in this chapter; this table can be used by sensory specialists to ensure that the study has been thought through. It should be remembered that a good sensory specialist will always follow the standard practices because that would help ensure that he or she will obtain consistent, actionable data. However, an experienced sensory scientist will occasionally disregard the standard practice guidelines. When one breaks these rules, one always has to be fully aware of the consequences, the risks entailed, and whether one still can get valid data from the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry T. Lawless
    • 1
  • Hildegarde Heymann
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriUSA

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