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Council Recognizes Chilean Tasting Panel

By Charlie Higgins
Jan. 22, 2013 10:51 UTC

The Chilean School of Chemical Development’s Olive Oil Tasting Panel (CEPEDEQ) has been offi­cially rec­og­nized by the International Olive Council (IOC) as a sen­sory analy­sis panel.

Each year, the inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion awards the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to tast­ing pan­els from around the world that have met the IOC’s rig­or­ous require­ments. According to the IOC, cer­ti­fied tast­ing pan­els must achieve repeat­able, reli­able, and valid results within accept­able sta­tis­ti­cal para­me­ters.” To meet this objec­tive, cer­ti­fied tasters need to have a high skill level, they must have been well trained, and the sam­ples need to be han­dled in a method that does not lead to error.”

The Chilean Olive Oil Tasting Panel began as part of the Electronic Nose and Tasting Panel To Dominate New Olive Industry Markets,” a group devel­oped at the University of Chile School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science. The goal of this group was to improve com­pet­i­tive­ness of Chilean olive oil in world mar­kets with an inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized panel for the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and quan­tifi­ca­tion of fla­vors and aro­mas.”

Led by olive oil expert Gloria Portilla, the mem­bers of the Chilean Olive Oil Tasting Panel took weekly classes for three years in order to qual­ify for IOC stan­dards, accord­ing to ChileOliva. Each mem­ber had to demon­strate out­stand­ing knowl­edge and sen­sory abil­i­ties in order to rec­og­nize qual­ity and dis­tin­guish among var­i­ous types of oil. The group par­tic­i­pated in two inter­na­tional tast­ing events in 2012 before finally receiv­ing offi­cial cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the IOC.

Chilean olive oil pro­duc­ers hope the IOC dis­tinc­tion will lead to increased exports and pen­e­tra­tion of inter­na­tional mar­kets.


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