Food Safety Testing Market Value To Hit USD 23.3 Billion In 2023

Published Date : 12 May 2023

The global food safety testing market has held valueation of USD 23.03 billion in 2023 and is projected to touch around USD 45.28 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 7.8% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2032.

It is projected that the demand for packaged and processed food will increase in both developed and developing economies as a result of factors including changing lifestyles and the rising popularity of quick-service restaurants.

Market Overview:

Over the course of the projected period, there may be an increase in chemical contamination instances in the food processing industries as a result of inappropriate production methods for ready-to-eat meals. The market for food safety testing is anticipated to develop as a result of the rising demand for quality checks on both processed and unprocessed meats. Increasing levels of food contamination and adulteration are among the main risk factors for the spread of foodborne infections, which considerably raises healthcare expenses. This is one of the primary driving forces for the requirement for food safety testing anywhere in the world. By maintaining the quality of food goods, it helps consumers avoid potential health risks. Also, the market is expanding due to the rising consumption of packaged food goods brought on by fast urbanization, busy lives, and rising income levels. Another factor propelling the industry is people's increasing awareness of food cleanliness and safety.

For safety assurance, advanced instrumental techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent test), and mass spectroscopy are only utilized. Over the forecast period, the market expansion is anticipated to be driven by the development of advanced technologies pertaining to safety test methods.

Regional Snapshot:

In terms of revenue, Europe held the largest market share (50.23%) in 2022. The food and beverage sector makes a significant economic contribution to Europe. The sector continues to exhibit the traits of a strong, resilient, and stable industry. Over the course of the projected period, product makers' increased attention on ensuring the safety of food products is anticipated to fuel market expansion.

Germany held the biggest market share in Europe for food safety testing systems in 2022, and this trend is anticipated to hold during the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific region is expected to experience the fastest growth in the market for food safety testing. Due to the enormous expansion of the food industry in developing nations and the growing demand for stricter food safety regulations to address various food scandals and contamination problems, A number of regional governments are concentrating on preventative measures to stop the spread of foodborne disease outbreaks.

In India, undiscovered pathogen activity poses a severe threat to food safety. Children's foodborne illness outbreaks have increased in frequency across the nation. Due to improper regulation, farmers in India utilize a variety of pesticides and fertilizers to meet the country's growing demand.

Due to the implementation of strict food safety standards across the area, the North American market for food safety testing is anticipated to grow strongly. For instance, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service oversees the safety of imported and exported food products. In addition to deciding how food labels should be applied, it is also responsible for the inspection of goods at ports and borders.

Food Safety Testing Market Report Scope:

Report Coverage Details
Market Revenue in 2023 USD 23.03 Billion
Projected Forecast Revenue in 2032 USD 45.28 Billion
Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 7.8%
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023to 2032
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Market Dynamics:

Market Drivers: Intense M&A activity and expanding health and wellness trend to propel the market

Consumers are more health conscious than ever, and the majority of them invest a sizeable percentage of their disposable income in their physical and mental well-being. Teenagers are also increasingly conscious that maintaining a healthy diet is essential for physical fitness in addition to regular exercise. Protein-rich foods help to maintain healthy health. Customers are becoming more accustomed to purchasing gluten-free baked goods and snacks that include protein and vitamin elements. The market for food safety testing is growing as a result of the expanding trend of food fortification. 

New and improved technologies are continuously created and enhanced as a result of scientific developments. New technologies must be developed for the food testing industry due to the emergence of previously unknown diseases that can be spread through food and water. Hence, the global market for food safety testing is showing a tendency toward new and improved technologies with greater capabilities. In the future years, the market for food safety testing is expected to grow significantly, driven by the implementation of strict regulations. The demand for food safety testing is expected to rise as more customers start their path toward a healthy lifestyle.

Market Restraints: Regulations and supporting infrastructure are not properly enforced

Testing food and beverage items such as packaged foods, dairy foods, beverages, and meat products calls for the right enforcement procedures, market stakeholder cooperation, and supporting infrastructure. Nevertheless, a lot of nations with emerging economies lack these elements, which limits the growth of the food safety testing sector in those nations.

The market for food testing is constrained by a number of problems, including a lack of institutional coordination, technical know-how for putting laws into practice at the local level, equipment, and, in certain countries, updated standards. Moreover, the expansion of the testing market is constrained, particularly in developing nations, by the absence of the basic infrastructure needed to set up testing laboratories.

Market Opportunities: New possibilities in the functional- and nutritional-food areas

The functional food and nutritious food sectors of the food industry are expanding quickly, according to current food trends. The affluent class consumers who desire food that is hygienic and safe for ingestion use these goods. Certain areas of the food business are brand-new specialized markets for food safety testing, and future prospects for growth look bright.

Following the COVID-19 epidemic, food labels are being examined more closely. The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) Secretariat and national food safety authorities are looking for more data on the potential contribution of food to the spread of the virus through domestic and international trade. To avoid the spread of COVID-19 through food, the World Health Organization has advised certain guidelines for maintaining food safety and hygienic measures. These changes will increase demand for tested and clean-label foods.

Technology Insights:

In 2022, the microbiological testing market share increased to 35.62%, making it the dominant market share. The market is anticipated to grow as it aids in the detection of microorganisms in food items using chemical, biological, molecular, and biochemical methods, offering very exact results on their makeup.

Indicator microorganisms such as fecal contamination, heat-resistant bacteria, and acid-resistant microorganisms are detected using microbiological testing on edible goods. Due to thorough safety and quality checks made to identify abuse of chemicals like pesticides and herbicides as well as an increase in the use of antimicrobial medications and additives, residues and contamination testing was the second-largest market segment in terms of volume and value in 2022. The segment is anticipated to grow as a result of an increase in demand for meat, poultry, and meat product contamination checks.

Over the projection period, the genetically modified organism (GMO) testing segment is anticipated to experience the quickest revenue growth rate, primarily due to growing public awareness of the dangers of GMOs in edible goods.

Application Insights:

In 2022, the meat, poultry, and seafood products segment held a commanding revenue share of over 46.35% of the global food safety testing market, and this trend is anticipated to hold throughout the forecast period. The category is anticipated to rise during the forecast period due to rising global meat and meat product consumption as well as red meat's high disease risk.

In terms of revenue, processed food surpassed fresh food as the second-largest segment in 2022. This sector is predicted to have significant growth as a result of rising consumer demand for packaged goods such frozen dinners, snacks, ready-to-eat convenience foods, and cake mixes. Also, the long shelf life of processed foods makes it necessary to impose strict rules on them.

Due to some cases of contamination during the production process, the market for dairy and dairy products is predicted to develop rapidly over the course of the projection period. To ensure that beverages like soft drinks, energy drinks, and fruit juices are of high quality and have a longer shelf life, manufacturers are focused on the market's expanding client demands.

Recent Development:

  • July 2022: In Mexico, SGS opened a new facility for food analysis. The new Naucalpan laboratory will aid businesses in quality assurance and legal compliance, hence aiding the Mexican food industry.
  • May 2022: The third US microbiological laboratory, situated in Reno, Nevada, has opened, according to Bureau Veritas, a company that offers laboratory testing, inspection, and certification services. The facility is to do microbiology indicator analyses and quick pathogen testing for the agri-food industry.
  • April 2022: Hortec Pty Ltd in South Africa and Laboratorios Bromatológicos Araba SA (Aralab) in Spain were both bought by Mérieux NutriSciences, a company that specializes in food quality, safety, and sustainability. By entering the South African pesticide industry and expanding its geographic footprint in Spain with these new acquisitions, Mérieux NutriSciences is advancing its strategic objectives and enhancing its capabilities.

Major Key Players:

  • SGS S.A.
  • Eurofins SGS Group
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Intertek
  • Agilent Technologies Inc
  • Thermo fisher Scientific Inc
  • Shimadzu Corporation
  • PerkinElmer Inc

Market Segmentation:

By Food Tested

  • Beverages
  • Meat, poultry, & seafood products
  • Dairy & dairy product
  • Cereal, grain, & pulse
  • Processed food
  • Others

By Target Tested

  • Pathogens
  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Listeria
  • Others
  • Pesticides
  • GMOs
  • Mycotoxin
  • Allergens
  • Heavy metals
  • Others

By Technology

  • Traditional
  • Rapid
  • Convenience-based
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Immunoassay
  • Chromatography & spectrometry

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