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Calculation of the Comite´ des Industries des Mayonnaises et Sauces Condimentaires de la Communaute´ Economique que Europenne (CIMSCEE) safety value (ΣS) for a sauce.

This calculator should be used only after reading the article on the CIMSCEE model. In addition to performing the calculation the software compares the ΣS value and the pH and acetic acid concentration of the sauce against the current recommended minimum values for acidity and pH. Alerts based on high pH and/or low concentrations of acetic acid are given that should alert product developers and production managers to potential food safety issues.


Calculator for determining the CIMSCEE safety value (Σs) for a sauce containing acetic acid
% total acetic acid
% salt
% hexose
e.g. dextrose
% disaccharide
e.g. sucrose

Caution. The CIMSCEE model can under certain circumstances give an incorrect indication of product safety. Please see the article on this site for more information. This free calculator is intended for educational use only and is not a substitute for a company employing a qualified food technologist or microbiologist.


How to cite this article

Mullan, W.M.A. (2009) [On-line] UK: Available: Accessed: