Food Safety Testing Market Size By Contaminant (Pathogens [Salmonella, Listeria, E. Coli, Campylobacter], Pesticides, GMO, Toxins), By Technology (Traditional, Rapid [Convenience, PCR, Immunoassay]), By Food Type (Meat & Poultry, Dairy, Processed, Fruit & Vegetable), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Poland, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa), Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2024

Published Date: November 2016 | 144 Pages | Report ID: GMI824 Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Food Safety Testing Market size was over USD 9 billion in 2015, increasing with estimated gains at over 7%.

U.S. Food Safety Testing Market size, by contaminants, 2013-2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Food Safety Testing Market size, by contaminants, 2013-2024 (USD Million)

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Global food safety testing market size has been witnessing steady growth due to stringent food safety regulations, increasing number of food poisoning outbreaks, and increasing consumer awareness on food safety and its implications. The trend of globalization in food supply trade is expected to further create huge opportunity for the market.

As per World Health Organization (WHO), over 2.5 million people died from diarrheal diseases in 2014 due contaminant diet. In the U.S., approximately 75 million cases are registered for the same each year which are resulting in over 325 thousand hospitalization and nearly 5 thousand deaths.

Positive indicators from processed food industry expansion owing to increase in consumer affordability should positively influence industry growth. Global processed food spending is foreseen to exceed USD 7 trillion by 2024 increasing from USD 3.5 trillion in 2015.

Improper handling, under-cooking or improper storage leads to contamination. Need to implement quality measures in bakery, ready to eat meals, dried processed products, infant diet, preserved and canned products owing to its easy contaminant retention nature would fuel business in this segment.

Growing import and export activities leads to food supply trade globalization which increases contaminant level due to inadequate control and monitoring. Increasing adulteration level to improve product shelf life are major factors causing testing demand during imports.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) are major authorities stimulating industry growth.

EU and FDA compliances to give consumer authority to trace their products value chain would fuel industry growth as the consumer can track a feed, producing animal or substance, or expected to be added into a feed or food, through all production stages, and distribution.

Different diagnostic techniques accompanied by need for upgradation owing diverse product composition resulting in to companies’ cost increment which are impacting the market price trend.

As manufacturers lack knowledge of food regulations, they do not perform food safety testing neither in-house nor outsource food safety laboratories. This curtails the growth of the market. Though the awareness has been spreading, the proportion is uneven. Various measures need to be taken to spread the food safety regulations.

Food Safety Testing Market, By Contaminants

Food pathogen testing market is a major revenue contributor, as these infectious agents are responsible for causing disease to its host, and accounted for over 30% of the overall demand. E. coli, Salmonella, listeria, and campylobacter major pathogens accountable for contamination and toxicity. The pathogens result in gastrointestinal disorders that include diseases including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea which leads illness and death to approximately 2 million people annually. Change in food manufacturing and agricultural practices are key factors promoting contaminants growth.

Increase in consumer attention for genetically modified organisms and the efficient technological trends would encourage GMO testing. Herbicide bioassay, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are commonly used technology.


Pesticide food safety testing market size generated nearly USD 800 million business in 2015. Soil contamination, post-harvest residues, and contaminated water fishes are major sources for the diseases. Regulatory norms to use organic and certified pesticides would encourage industry growth in this sector.

Food Safety Testing Market, By Technology

In accurate quantitative results, along with risk to perishable food spoilage owing to time consuming traditional testing process is driving industry towards advanced and upgraded technologies.


The rapid food safety testing technology market is foreseen to generate USD 7 billion valuation by 2015. Immunoassay, PCR-based techniques, biosensors, ELISA, rapid culture detection are regularly used technology. Efficiency to monitor the count, type, and metabolites micro-organisms pertaining to spoilage, preservation, fermentation, safety, and pathogens are key features fuelling technology adoption.

Food Safety Testing Market, By Food

Meat and poultry food safety testing market share was over USD 2 billion in 2015, campylobacter salmonella and E. coli are majorly found contaminants in these products. Improper handling and hygienic conditions during befeathering or skinning is stage of maximum contamination. Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) established new rule to prevent meat and poultry products contamination in slaughter and processing plants based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) control system.

The global dairy products industry is forecast to witness over 7% growth up to 2024. Direct contact with contaminated source in dairy farm through an infected animal’s excretion are major reasons causing diseases. Some pathogens such as listeria can survive post pasteurisation techniques and may result in re-contamination which are encouraging industry participants towards adequate pasteurisation.

Food Safety Testing Market, By Region

U.S. market size accounted for over 25% of the global demand. High medical expense pertaining to contaminant illness along with GMO food industry expansion are key trending factors stimulating regional growth.

Canada Food Inspection Agency has enlarged its arms for monitoring chemical residues and ensuring health safety by complying at an allowable level. The initiative from government has turned to be optimistic for the growth of this market. It has been reported that Canada has witness highest E. coli cases in 2012. These quality measures have fueled industry growth in North America.

Europe led by U.K. and Germany food safety testing demand generated over USD 2.5 billion revenue in 2015. In U.K around one million people suffer contaminant illnesses and over 20 thousand people receive hospital treatment due to food borne illness per year. Efforts to reduce such outbreak, both government and consumers supporting regional industry growth.

Increasing food safety protocol compliances in Europe and North America positively influenced China food safety testing market owing to retain export trade. China is set to witness 11% growth up to 2024.

Competitive Market Share

Global food safety testing market share is moderately consolidated with top three players holding nearly 45% of the global industry demand. SGS, Intertek, Beureau Veritas, and Det Norske Veritas are key industry participants. Other major companies in terms of geographical presence includes Eurofins Laboratories, ALS Laboratory, Idexx Laboratories, and Bio-Rad Laboratories.


Food Safety Testing Industry Background

Food safety is an extremely critical issue not only for processed, frozen or canned products, but also for farm-fresh products to ascertain the fact that these products are risk-free for consumption. Contaminants and chemicals which may make an entry at any stage of the food value chain from manufacture till it reaches the consumers, are the primary food poisoning causes, which has increased need to test such toxins.


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