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Upcoming Growth Trends in the Food Safety Testing Market

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The food safety testing market has been experiencing steady growth globally. With increasing concerns about foodborne illnesses, stringent regulations, and consumer awareness regarding food safety, the demand for food safety testing has been on the rise. The global food safety testing market size is estimated to reach $31.1 billion by 2027, growing at a 8.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The global market size was valued $21.1 billion in 2022. The food safety testing market plays a critical role in ensuring the quality and safety of the food we consume. With its ability to detect and eliminate harmful contaminants, pathogens, and toxins from food products, this sector is essential in protecting public health. In light of rising public concern over food contamination and food-borne illnesses, combined with advancements in testing technologies, the food safety testing market is poised for significant growth.

Several factors are contributing to the growth of the food safety testing market:

  1. Stringent Regulations: Governments worldwide are implementing strict regulations regarding food safety standards, requiring comprehensive testing to ensure compliance. This includes testing for contaminants such as pathogens, pesticides, toxins, and allergens.
  2. Rising Incidence of Foodborne Illnesses: The increasing number of foodborne illness outbreaks has heightened awareness among consumers and regulators, leading to greater emphasis on preventive measures and rigorous testing throughout the food supply chain.
  3. Globalization of Food Trade: With the expansion of international trade in food products, there's a growing need for standardized testing protocols to ensure the safety and quality of imported and exported food items.
  4. Technological Advancements: Innovations in food safety testing technologies, such as rapid testing methods, molecular diagnostics, and biosensors, have improved the efficiency and accuracy of testing procedures, driving market growth.
  5. Consumer Awareness: Heightened consumer awareness about food safety and health risks associated with contaminated food has increased demand for safer and certified food products, thereby driving the need for stringent testing protocols.
  6. Industry Consolidation: The food safety testing market has witnessed consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, with major players expanding their portfolios to offer comprehensive testing solutions and services.

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Market Driver: Rising food recalls due to non-compliant food products

A food recall occurs when a food manufacturer removes a product from the market because there is a possibility that it could make consumers ill. Government agencies may ask for or require a food recall in certain circumstances. There are several reasons for food recalls, including but not restricted to:

  • Discovery of organisms, including bacteria like Salmonella and parasites like Cyclospora.
  • Discovery of foreign items, such as metal or broken glass
  • Discovery of a significant allergen that is not listed on the product label.

The massive increase in recalls has many causes, but some of them include the increasingly global and complex food supply chain, a few dramatic, large-scale recalls, like the intentional shipment of Salmonella-contaminated peanut products by the Peanut Corporation of America and the recall of over a half billion fresh eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, and the heightened regulatory oversight and media coverage that followed.

Food recalls are primarily a public health concern, but they are also significant economic issues. According to a joint industry study by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the average cost of a recall to a food company is $10M in direct costs, in addition to brand damage and lost sales. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Russellville, Arkansas-based Conagra Brands, Inc. recently recalled about 119,581 pounds of frozen beef products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. An allergy known as egg is included in the product but is not disclosed on the label.

Despite routine monitoring, outbreaks of foodborne illness are common and lead to product recalls. For example, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reported 495 recalls in 2020 and 427 in 2021, and 585 food recalls in 2019. These outbreaks cause the food and beverage (F&B) industry to suffer massive loss and result in brand damage, decreased sales, and other fixed expenses for companies.

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The number of food recalls and consumer complaints about fraudulent food manufacturing is increasing. Undeclared allergens in packaged foods cause serious health hazards for allergic consumers. The data on food recalls collected by various food safety organizations for undeclared allergens, undeclared ingredients, and economically motivated adulterations encourage the need for food testing in the products before and after they are packed.

APAC is projected to account for the highest CAGR in the food safety testing market during the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific food safety market is growing owing to the implementation of stringent rules and regulation regarding food. Governments have put different regulations in place for consumers, producers, and regulators. The market growth in this region is largely driven by rising demand for processed food in emerging and developing nations like India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand, as well as an increase in poisoning outbreaks caused by consumption of contaminated meat and rise in cases of food degradation like contamination, pesticides, and artificial flavouring. In 2007, the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF), led by China and Australia, was established to improve the technical competence of food safety management and detection practices throughout the food supply chain.

The meat, poultry and seafood segment by food tested is projected to achieve the highest CAGR growth in the food safety testing market.

Bacterial contamination takes place at all stages of slaughtering.  Maximum contamination happens during defeathering or skinning owing to inappropriate animal handling and unhygienic conditions. Cross-contamination of products has been caused by improper equipment cleaning procedures. Bacterial contamination also results via scaling and eviscerating. Based on the HACCP food safety control system, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has developed regulations to prevent the contamination of meat and poultry products in slaughterhouses and processing plants.

The Rapid technology segment is projected to account for the highest market share in the food safety testing market over the forecast period.

Rapid technology is segmented into convenience-based PCR, immunoassay, and chromatography & spectrometry, which are used to test and identify contaminants through different means. The use of these methods also facilitates a huge reduction in the overall testing costs needed using traditional methods. Thus, their popularity amongst the startups and SME food manufacturing businesses, especially in China and India, is increasing significantly.

Primary companies highlighted

The key players in this market include Corteva Agriscience (US), BASF (Germany), Bayer (Germany), and Syngenta (Switzerland). Some emerging players in the global market include Nufarm (Australia), ADAMA (Israel), Arysta LifeScience (US), Drexel Chemical Company (US), Winfield United (US), Sipcam-Oxon (Italy), Helm AG (Germany), Tenkoz (US), Rainbow Agro (China), and Helena Agri Enterprise (US). These players in this market are focusing on increasing their presence through agreements and collaborations. These companies have a strong presence in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. They also have manufacturing facilities along with strong distribution networks across these regions.

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