Food safety testing is a process of examining the food products for disease-causing organisms, chemicals,s and other materials that are risky/hazardous to human health. Various techniques & technologies are utilized for the identification of pathogens, chemicals, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food. Food safety testing authorizes the food product contents as indicated on the labels. Food safety testing helps in maintaining the quality of food in the terms of ingredients, appearance, and taste. Food safety is a high priority for industry stakeholders, consumers, and regulatory agencies. Due to the emergence of new safety challenges & issues, companies are establishing & upgrading safety programs to reduce the risk factors.
As per analysis, “Global Food Safety Testing Market: Market Segments: By Contaminants (Pesticides, Genetically Modified Organisms, Toxins, Allergens and Pathogens); By Food Type (Processed Foods, Dairy Products, Fruits and Vegetables, Meat and Poultry and Others); By Testing Method (Microbiology Testing, Analytical Chemistry Testing, Sensory Testing and Nutrition Analysis) and Region – Analysis of Market Size, Share & Trends for 2014 – 2019 and Forecasts to 2030” some of the key companies that are presently operating in the global food safety testing market include Intertek Group PLC, Bureau Veritas S.A., Bio-Rad Laboratories, Genetic ID NA, Inc, Mérieux (US), Neogen Corporation, FoodChain ID, Covance, Inc, ALS Limited and among others. Leading players are focusing on strengthening their geographic footprints through expansion & launching innovative products.
Based on contaminants, the food safety testing market is segmented as toxins, pesticides, allergens, genetically modified organisms, pathogens, and others. Based on food type, the market is segmented as meat & poultry, dairy products, processed foods, fruits & vegetables, and others (beverages and food grains). In addition, based on the testing method, the market is segmented as sensory testing, analytical chemistry testing, and microbiology testing, and nutrition analysis. Sensory testing is the basic method for testing that involves testing by using human senses.
The food safety testing market is driven by rising demand for convenience and packaged food products, followed by stringent food safety regulations, rise in consumer awareness about food safety, availability of advanced rapid technology, globalization in the food trade, and rise in outbreaks of chemical contamination in food processing industries. However, improper enforcement of regulatory laws & supporting infrastructure in the developing countries, and lack of coordination between market stakeholders may impact the market. Moreover, growth in technological advancements in the testing industry is a key opportunity for the market. Furthermore, the high cost associated with the procurement of food safety testing equipment and lack of harmonization of food safety standards is major challenges for a global market.
Based on geography, the North-America region holds the major share in the global food safety testing market owing to change in consumption patterns coupled with widespread outbreaks of food-borne illnesses across the region. The Asia-Pacific and Europe regions are estimated to witness higher CAGR due to growth in concern of food safety and advances in food safety science over the forecast period. It is anticipated that the global food safety testing market will be reached at a rapid pace as a result of an increase in government initiatives on food safety during the forecast period.
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