Guidance on Sensory Testing and Monitoring of Seafood for Presence of Petroleum Taint Following an Oil Spill   [open pdf - 723KB]

"After an oil spill occurs, government regulatory authorities and other concerned parties may choose to conduct sensory testing of seafood that may have been exposed. If sensory testing is conducted, it must be carried out in a scientific and legally defensible manner. To date, there are few standard procedures published for this type of sensory testing (Bett et al. 1997). This document was written to provide guidance for conducting sensory testing on seafood suspected of petroleum taint. Development of these guidelines was supported and partially funded by NOAA/NOS Office of Response and Restoration. The document was written by sensory scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration /National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) Seafood Inspection Program and from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In addition to the two principal authors, many other individuals have made significant contributions to this document by communicating practical suggestions gained from their actual work experiences as seafood inspectors and laboratory professionals. The extensive bibliography (Section 9.0) provides supplemental resources for more in-depth information on sensory testing in general and for sensory testing specifically for taint."

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NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS OR&R 9
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