Food Pathogen Testing Market size is anticipated to cross USD 10 billion by 2032, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc.
Consumption of processed food has risen due to a consistent consumer shift towards a hectic lifestyle and the simplicity of preparing these food items. Given that most homes have both men and women working, the lack of time for shopping has fueled the sales of processed foods products. For instance, the average consumption of ultra-processed foods in Europe was 328 grams per day which amounted to 12% of the daily food consumption.
The availability of sustainable options in the processed foods sector is projected to promote the demand for food pathogen testing. Furthermore, growing consumer awareness and strict government norms towards food safety should drive the deployment of these testing measures across the food and beverage sector.
Rising cases of salmonella infections to influence pathogen testing demand
The food pathogen testing market from salmonella contaminant segment is estimated to exceed USD 4 billion by 2032. Meat, poultry, milk, and eggs are some of the food items that often get contaminated by salmonella bacteria. Cases of salmonella-related illnesses have increased, especially at a time when meat and poultry consumption has grown worldwide. To illustrate, in 2021, the average meat consumption per person in the United States was 222.9 pounds.
Reportedly, cases of salmonella infection from raw meat products are on a rise across the U.S. For example, in 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated Salmonella Litchfield infections linked to raw and fresh Salmon by Mariscos Bahia, Inc. which was supplied across multiple restaurants in California and Arizona.
Emphasis on food safety to spike testing services in the F&B manufacturing sector
The food pathogen testing market from traditional manufacturing segment is predicted to observe more than 7% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. The demand for easy testing techniques is increasing due to the need for higher lab proficiency and outputs. In the food and beverage sector, pathogen testing is done during every step of food production. It helps eliminate or reduce foodborne illnesses, ensuring food safety. As per CDC estimates of 2022, nearly 48 million people are infected by foodborne diseases every year. Efforts to limit the cases of foodborne illnesses and prevent business loss due to product recalls would compel food and beverage companies to deploy pathogen testing on scale in the coming years.
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Government regulations on the milk and dairy products
The food pathogen testing market from dairy grade segment is expected to witness over 7.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. Cases of outbreaks related to milk and dairy products have also increased drastically in recent years. Take for instance, in 2021, CDC officials investigated a multistate outbreak of listeria monocytogenes infections that were linked to soft cheeses which sickened seven people in four US states.
Several government bodies have implemented regulations for milk and milk product manufacturing facilities. In 2022, the US FDA mandated the pasteurization of all milk and milk products in final packaging that will be for direct human consumption.
Rising foodborne illnesses in Europe to generate pathogen testing demand
The Europe food pathogen testing market value is set to surpass USD 3 billion by 2023, driven by rising cases of foodborne illnesses. As per the annual EU One Health Zoonoses report, in 2021, across the Europe region, there were more than 4,000 foodborne outbreaks. Governments across the region are investing heavily in the upgradation of local healthcare systems in order to battle outbreaks of foodborne illness. In 2020, Germany had the highest healthcare spending amounting to more than USD 460 billion. High healthcare spending to fight these foodborne illnesses will contribute to the industry growth.
Competitive landscape of the industry
Major players involved food pathogen testing market include Microbac Laboratories, Inc., Campden BRI., Intertek Group PLC, ALS Limited, Silliker, Inc., Genon Laboratories Ltd, Genevac Ltd., IFP Institut Für Produktqualität GmbH, Det Norske Veritas As (Dnv), Eurofins Scientific and ILS Limited.
Companies are focusing on quality improvement and expansion of the industry across the globe. For instance, in July 2022, Intertek Group PLC announced its plans to acquire Clean Energy Associates, one of the leading independent quality assurance, supply chain traceability, and technical service providers in the market. The company plans to expand its end-to-end sustainability offering with this acquisition.