New sensory test proves more efficient for General Mills

03/4/2013 | (free registration)

General Mills has replaced its triangle sampling test with a tetrad sensory test that eliminates Type I and II testing errors, reducing the need for product reformulation. The tetrad test asks subjects to make two pairs of identical-tasting food items from four samples, said John Cowden of General Mills. The new test is also less complicated to administer, requiring fewer subjects, fewer samples and less time, he said.

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