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Pet Food Palatability Evaluation: A Review of Standard Assay Techniques and Interpretation of Results with a Primary Focus on Limitations

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Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Sensory Analysis Center, Department of Human Nutrition, Kansas State University, 1310 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA
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Academic Editors: Edgar Chambers and Marina von Keyserlingk
Animals 2015, 5(1), 43-55; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani5010043
Received: 1 December 2014 / Accepted: 9 January 2015 / Published: 16 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Palatability of Pet Food)
Palatability of pet foods is typically measured using a single-bowl or a two-bowl test. While these tests give a general understanding of the liking or preference of one food over another, opportunities exist for further method development.
The pet food industry continues to grow steadily as a result of new innovative products. Quality control and product development tests for pet foods are typically conducted through palatability testing with dogs and cats. Palatability is the measure of intake of a food that indicates acceptance or the measure of preference of one food over another. Pet food palatability is most commonly measured using a single-bowl or a two-bowl assay. While these tests answer some questions about the animals’ perception of the food, there are many limitations as well. This review addresses some of these limitations and indicates opportunities for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: acceptance; palatability; pet food; preference acceptance; palatability; pet food; preference
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Aldrich, G.C.; Koppel, K. Pet Food Palatability Evaluation: A Review of Standard Assay Techniques and Interpretation of Results with a Primary Focus on Limitations. Animals 2015, 5, 43-55.

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