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Food Safety Testing Market Size By Contaminant (Pathogens [Salmonella, Listeria, E. Coli, Campylobacter], Pesticides, GMOs, Toxins), By Technology (Traditional, Rapid [Convenience, PCR, Immunoassay]), By Food Type (Meat, Poultry, & Seafood, Dairy, Processed Food, Fruits & Vegetables) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI824
  • Published Date: Jun 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Food Safety Testing Market size exceeded USD 16.5 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 8% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Government initiatives to build consumer confidence by ensuring safety & quality of food products will drive business expansion.

Food Safety Testing Market

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Necessity for scrutinization of food products to detect disease-causing chemicals, organisms, and hazardous material will drive food safety testing industry. Rise in consumer awareness about food safety, increase in chemical contamination circumstances, and advancements in rapid inspection methods are propelling business growth. Surge in regional food & beverage trade driven by globalization and favourable import norms is generating new growth opportunities for the industry participants. Stringent government regulations aimed at reducing the number of people affected by food diseases such as nausea, food poisoning, and diarrhoea is anticipated to propel the market statistics.

Rise in consumer awareness about food safety, increase in chemical contamination circumstances, and advancement in rapid inspection are propelling business scenario. Also, modification in regulations aimed at reducing the number of people affected by food diseases such as nausea, food poisoning, and diarrhoea is resulting in improved quality of products. To gain profits, processors (sometimes) sells expired or unfit food or intentionally provide misdescription, thus causing infections and diseases, observing the market growth.

Chemicals and contaminants are capable of entering the food value chain at every stage, from beginning from its manufacturing process until it reaches the buyer. Also, food contents can be altered deliberately with the intent to deceive consumers for monetary benefits. The Food Standards Agency specifies two main forms of food frauds, retail of food products that are potentially harmful & unfit and deliberate misdescription of food. According to WHO estimates, over 600 million population fell ill after ingesting contaminated food every year. With over 420,000 deaths caused owing to foodborne illnesses.

High prevalence of salmonella, listeria, and E.coli in raw and processed food products has surged testing for pathogens

Global Food Safety Testing Market, By Contaminant

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Pathogen contaminants dominated the global food safety testing market exceeded the valuation of USD 7.5 billion in 2020. Pathogens testing is majorly carried out for meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products. Salmonella holds a major share in pathogens food safety testing. Increasing instances of diarrhea among children owing to the consumption of dairy products contaminated with pathogenic E. coli, nontyphoidal salmonella, and Campylobacter will drive food safety testing industry size. Globally, salmonella accounted for the largest share in pathogen testing market.

Salmonella infection, also known as salmonellosis, usually results in fever, headache, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. It is frequently found in meat, milk, poultry, and eggs. As per USDA, every year Salmonella, E. Coli, and Campylobacter together result in 76 million illnesses in the U.S. Food contaminated with salmonella sticks to the epithelial cells of the small intestine in the host. The increasing pervasiveness of diseases caused by non-typhoidal salmonella is a major public health concern across all high & low-income countries of the world. Further, diseases caused by pathogenic E. coli, such as foodborne cholera and typhoid fever, are much more prevalent in low-income countries.

Increasing demand for rapid testing methods owing to high accuracy and timely results will drive the segment share

Global Rapid Food Safety Testing Market

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Rapid inspection technology segment of food safety testing market is projected to witness over 8.5% CAGR up to 2027. Immunoassay and PCR techniques hold a significant share of rapid technologies. Technological upgrades for providing accurate results in limited timespan will drive the rapid technology segment growth. Increasing testing kit launches with competitive prices will boost the industry share. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is used to synthesize multiple copies of genetic material (DNA or RNA) of micro-organisms. Real time PCR methods provide results within 5 to 12 hours, after enrichment, as compared to the average five days incubation period required in traditional methods for salmonella.

Traditional technology dominates the global food safety testing market, methods are widely used in developing countries of Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Low cost of the product along with a higher count of service providers using conventional methods is resulting in increasing adoption of food safety testing services. The traditional methods involve traditional visual inspection, culturing methods, and preparation of microbial assays. However, aerobic testing of samples takes at least two days to complete and deliver potential results.

Surge in global meat consumption owing to new product development and necessity towards improving the protein intake is driving food safety testing market outlook

Global Meat Poultry & Seafood Safety Testing Market

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Meat, poultry, & seafood is projected to hold a major share of around 28% in the global food safety testing market by 2027. Surge in the global meat consumption per capita at over 42 kg driven by the trends towards improving macronutrient intake and high protein content in meat products. Necessity to uphold the quality standards for increasing consumer confidence is propelling the food safety testing industry landscape. Modification in food regulations owing to prevalence of food pathogen outbreaks through meat, poultry, and seafood products will enhance business development. Continuous regulatory pressures to upsurge the number of tests at manufacturing facilities is likely to support the industry advancement.

Penetration of rapid testing along with stringent food safety regulations has surged the North America industry share

North America Food Safety Testing Market, by Country

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North America accounted for a major share of the global food safety testing market and U.S. sales exceeded USD 5.4 billion in 2020. Key factors such as technological advancements with high penetration of rapid tests in the region will propel the business expansion. Stringent quality requirements for product imports coupled with rigorous testing of food products will augment the North American market forecasts. Further, innovations in real-time PCR or quantitative PCR will upsurge industry advancement. Regional pricing difference along with increasing demand for instrument-based testing has surged the market outlook. Developing regulations on genetically modified organisms will support industry statistics over the projected timeline. Further, safety testing at multiple production stages has positively influenced business development.

Asia Pacific food safety testing market is projected to witness the fastest growth from 2021 to 2027. Strong growth in F&B industry supported by enhanced focused on food safety will drive the market expansion. Asia Pacific food & beverages industry is projected to witness over 7.5% CAGR over the next few years driven by rapid urbanization, economic development, and increasing consumer spending on foods, and influence of western trends on the regional food industry. Countries including China, Japan, India, and Thailand are the largest F&B markets in APAC. Robust growth in meat production along with trends towards processed food owing to lifestyle changes will positively influence the industry development. Asia pacific accounts for over 40% of the global meat production, and Australia observes the highest per capita meat consumption on a global level.

Acquisitions and geographic expansion is the primary business strategy adopted by manufacturers

The global food safety testing market is moderately fragmented with presence of many regional service providers & multinational players. Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratories Inc, SGS AG, and Bureau Veritas SA are among the key industry participants. Other major companies in terms of geographical presence include Idexx Laboratories Inc., Intertek Group PLC, Neogen Corporation, and Bio-Rad Laboratories. The key strategies adopted by the industry players include mergers & acquisitions, geographic expansions, distribution & testing network expansion, and new product development.

For instance, In December 2019, ALS Limited launched a new technology, Check and Trace, which is capable of identifying the Salmonella isolates to the same degree of sensitivity as traditional serological methods. Also, in June 2020, Asurequality added a new brand ‘Kaitiaki Kai’ to its product offerings of food safety testing services.

Food safety testing market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in million tests & revenue in USD million from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

By Contaminant

  • Pathogens
    • Salmonella
    • Listeria
    • E. Coli
    • Campylobacter
    • Others
  • Pesticides
  • GMOs
  • Toxins
  • Others (Food allergens, chemical residue)

By Technology

  • Traditional
  • Rapid
    • Convenience
    • PCR
    • Immunoassay
    • Others

By Food Type

  • Residential buildings
  • Meat, poultry, & seafood
  • Dairy
  • Processed
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Others (Cereals, raw food materials)

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • Thailand
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa

Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market for food safety testing was valued at USD 16.5 million in 2020 and will expand at a CAGR of 8% from 2021 to 2027.

Pathogen contaminants recorded USD 7.5 billion in 2020 and will depict commendable growth driven by an increase in pathogen testing for poultry, meat, seafood, and dairy products.

Rapid inspection technology will register a CAGR of 8.5% between 2021 and 2027 due to increasing technological upgrades for the provision of accurate results in limited timespan.

Meat, poultry, & seafood is set to hold 28% of food safety testing market share through 2027 owing to an upsurge in global meat consumption to improve macronutrient intake and high protein content in meat products.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 24
  • Tables & Figures: 278
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 330

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