ASTM E1396 - 90(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Sensory Evaluation of Oleoresin Capsicum

    Active Standard ASTM E1396 | Developed by Subcommittee: E18.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides quick and accurate ratings for the sensory heat in oleoresin capsicums ranging from 100 000 to 1 000 000 Scoville heat units.

    Sensory results from this test method correlate highly (r2 = 0.94) with results from high pressure liquid chromatography; making the two methods substitutable.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes standardized procedures for the sensory evaluation of heat in oleoresin capsicums ranging from 100 000 to 1 000 000 Scoville heat units (S.H.U.).

    1.2 This test method is intended as an alternative to the Scoville heat test, but results can be expressed in Scoville heat units (see ASTA Method 21.0 and ISO 3513).

    1.3 This test method does not apply for ground red pepper, low heat chili peppers, or chili powder.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 8.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1083 Test Method for Sensory Evaluation of Red Pepper Heat

    ASTA Standard

    ASTAMethod21.0 Official Analytical Methods Available from American Spice Trade Association, Box 1267, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632.

    AOAC Method

    OfficialMethodsofAss 995.03 (43.1.43)

    ISO Standard

    ISO3513-1977 (E), Spices and Condiments-Chilies-Determination of Scoville Index Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.120.20 (Wound dressings. Compresses)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1396-90R11

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