Posted at 26 February 2018
When conducted properly, palatability testing is a useful scientific and marketing tool pet food manufacturers can rely on to make strategic decisions. However, the risk of generating false conclusions from palatability trials exists due to biases that can appear if protocols and panels are not properly controlled.
Diana Pet Food's experts in palatability measurement have established several good practices to avoid measurement biases. They include the careful qualification of the animals, the perfect control of testing conditions (time, duration, ration...), but also the respect of animal well-being. Indeed, representative and reliable answers can only be obtained with healthy, happy and unstressed pets!
Authors: Christelle Tobie - Panelis Business Development Manager @Diana Pet Food - & Claire Larose Forges - Ethologist @Diana Pet Food
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