- The Global Food Safety Testing Market was valued at USD 20.69 Billion in 2021
- It is anticipated to reach USD 35.73 Billion by 2028
- A CAGR of 8.12% is anticipated over the forecast period
Food safety testing is an important component of the food safety ecosystem because it ensures that food is safe to consume. It refers set of procedures for preparing, handling, and storing of food meant to prevent foodborne illness and injury. Most foodborne diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical contaminants. Food may become contaminated at any stage of production and distribution.
So, the food safety testing has become a major concern for the food manufacturing industry. Food safety testing laboratories and food industries perform food safety tests on a regular basis to ensure that the products they make are safe to eat. Food testing laboratories check various factors like adulterants, pesticide residues, and chemical contaminants are toxic metals such as mercury or lead, chemical preservatives, industrial chemicals, etc.
There are various techniques and technologies that are helping to check whether food is safe or hazardous. Food safety testing like food allergen testing, GMO testing, PCR food testing, microbiological tests are conducted to test food safety. Food safety hazards like biological, chemical, physical and allergic are identified by food safety testing laboratories by various techniques and technologies.
Covid-19 has shown a significant impact on the food safety testing market growth owing to the increased need for food safety testing in this situation. However, the inadequacy of food control infrastructure may limit food safety testing market growth due to COVID-19 regulations.
Some of the key players for global Food Safety Testing Market are-
The global food safety testing market report is segmented on the basis of type of contamination, testing, food and region & country level. Based upon type of contamination, global food safety testing market is classified into physical, chemical, and microbiological.
The microbiological testing segment has risen to prominence and is projected to further increase its foothold as it utilizes chemical, biological, molecular, and biochemical methods to detect microorganisms present in edible products. This testing method provides highly accurate results about their composition.
Microbiological testing is an essential tool in food safety and quality assurance, as it helps identify the presence of potentially harmful microorganisms. It can be used to detect spoilage organisms, detect pathogenic microorganisms, assess the efficacy of food processing, and monitor the overall quality of food products. Microbiological testing can also be used to identify the presence of specific microorganisms, such as those responsible for food-borne illnesses.
The second-largest market segment of residues and contamination testing is expected to witness steady growth, spurred by the need for extensive safety and quality checks to detect the overuse of chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. Moreover, the growing utilization of antimicrobial drugs and additives is expected to further boost the market segment's growth.
On the other hand, the GMO testing segment is anticipated to be the fastest-growing one in terms of revenue, mainly due to the increasing awareness among consumers regarding the presence of harmful GMOs in edible products.
The meat and poultry segment accounted for a significant share of the food safety testing market revenue and is projected to maintain its dominant position over the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the high consumption of meat and meat products worldwide, as well as the high risk of diseases associated with red meat. These factors are likely to drive the segment's growth over the forecast period.
The revenue generated by processed food was the second highest among all food segments, and it is anticipated to increase significantly due to growing demand for packaged products like frozen meals, snacks, ready-to-eat items, and cake mixes. Additionally, the long shelf life of processed food has necessitated the implementation of strict regulations.
The food and beverage segment in Europe boasts a high market share in terms of revenue, with its stability, resilience, and robustness providing a major contribution to the continent's economy. As manufacturers become increasingly focused on ensuring the safety of their food products, the market is projected to continue growing in the coming years.
The German food safety testing systems market held the largest share in Europe and is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rising governmental regulations and standards for food safety, along with the growing public concern of foodborne diseases and their effects on human health.
Moreover, a surge in the demand for microbiological testing, followed by chemical & residues contamination testing, is expected to propel the growth of the food safety testing market over the forecast period. This is due to the need to take precautionary measures against foodborne disease outbreaks, as well as to avoid the consumption of drug residues and heavy metals which are hazardous for human health.
The major factor driving the growth of global food safety testing market is the increasing health awareness and concerns about food safety, as well as the rapidly increasing international food trade.
In addition, growing technical advancements in areas like rapid testing and new research technologies like PCR, Biosensors, chromatography, and other similar technologies are also supplementing the market growth. The food safety testing industry has risen at a rapid rate as a result of outbreaks and contamination like salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and many others.
According to WHO, that every year contaminated food causes 600 million cases of foodborne disease and 420000 deaths around the world. Children under the age of 5 account for 30% of all foodborne deaths. Each year, the World Health Organization estimates that 33 million years of healthy life are wasted due to consuming unhealthy food, and this figure is possibly underestimated.
For these reasons, the number of food tastings is increasing as the WHO raises awareness of food safety among the citizens as well as announces the new Strict Food Act. However, the rising numbers of individuals staying home and rising cases of Covid-19 patients have increased the need for healthy and safe food.
However, the lack of the food control infrastructure to support the market and complexity in technology may hamper the market growth. Despite that, developments and innovations in the field of food safety testing methods may offer various opportunities for the further growth of the market.
The demand for clean-label food products has increased significantly in recent years as consumers become more aware of the ingredients in their food. Food manufacturers have responded to this demand by creating products with fewer processed ingredients and no artificial preservatives, chemicals, or additives.
As consumers become more conscious of the health benefits of clean-label food, the food industry has seen a surge in the sales of such products. Clean-label food products offer better nutrition, taste, and quality, and are often more affordable than their artificially-processed counterparts.
- On April 6th, 2021; Food Standards Agency (FSA) advised local authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that remote assessment could be used in some cases to decide which areas to target during a subsequent onsite visit, and in other cases to notify the need for an onsite visit to identify and resolve possible public health risks.
- In July 2022, SGS opened a new food analysis laboratory in Naucalpan, Mexico. This laboratory is designed to help the Mexican food industry with quality control and regulatory compliance. It provides an important service to organizations throughout the country, making sure their products are safe, healthy, and meet all applicable standards.
- In May 2022, Bureau Veritas, a leading provider of laboratory testing, inspection, and certification services, revealed its plans to open its third US-based microbiology laboratory in Reno, Nevada. The facility was intended to provide rapid pathogen testing and microbiology indicator analyses for the agri-food industry.
|Historical data||2015 - 2020|
|Forecast Period||2022 - 2028|
|Market Size in 2021:||USD 20.69 Billion|
|Base year considered||2020|
|Forecast Period CAGR %:||
|Market Size Expected in 2028:||USD 35.73 Billion|
|Tables, Charts & Figures:||175|
|Key Players/Companies||ADPEN Laboratories Inc., ALS Ltd, Assure Quality Ltd., Bureau Veritas S.A., Bio-Rad Laboratories, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group PLC, Microbac Laboratories, Merieux NutriSciences, Neogen Corporation, SGS SA, TUV SUD, Thermo Fischer Scientific Inc., EMSL Analytical Inc., DTS Food Laboratories,Aspirata, others.|
|Segments Covered||By Contamination, By Testing, By Food|
|Regional Analysis||North America, U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Asia Pacific, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, South America, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, The Middle East and Africa, GCC, Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa|