A Concrete Analysis of Food Safety Testing Market

Food Safety – A Historical View

Food safety is a term used for describing scientific handling, preparation and storage of food in such a way as to prevent the occurrence of food borne illnesses or diseases. Food safety testing is the best method or way for restaurants, food producers and home cooks to ensure the quality of their food. It is the responsibility of producers, industry, governments and consumers to ensure that the food consumed by people is safe. Food safety requirements in a sense are not only free of toxins, pesticides, chemicals, and physical contaminants but also from microbiological pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause illness.

The historical evidence of food safety is little known, as there is less information about the food borne illness or food safety norms from historical records. The science of food safety testing is of recent origin when scientists began to understand about the bacteria, parasites and viruses and their relationship to diseases until the late 19th century.

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Even though, there exists the record of food preservations methods being used by humans some thousands of years ago in the form of smoking, freezing, marinating, salting, and pickling etc. The origins of food safety testing is the result of numerous discoveries, inventions and regulations that all led to the present knowledge about food testing. Scientists and researchers like Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, William Taylor, and M.A. Barber etc are pioneers in discovering various parasites, microorganisms, and viruses causing food borne disease.

Global food safety testing market – An analysis

The global food safety testing products ensure that food is safe to consume thereby ensuring food safety. The global food testing market is valued at US $11858.4 million in 2016. The market is projected to reach US $17104.5 million by 2022 as food safety has emerged as a major challenge for countries across the globe. Rise in the number of cases related to food borne diseases and growing public awareness about the harmful effects of consuming contaminated food and food products is resulting in the increase of food safety market size.

As food supply over the world is under constant threat, there is a necessity of practical test instruments or equipment to ensure food safety. Unchecked microbial pathogens such as bacteria, virus, food allergens, environmental toxins, residues of drugs and agricultural chemicals can harm consumers in case they are not tested. In United States, every year one out of six people suffer from food borne illnesses with more than a hundred thousand being hospitalized.

The primary factors that are driving the food safety testing industry is the rise in the number of food borne illness, stringent regulations, greater consumer awareness and globalization of the food trade. Companies that are involved in manufacturing and distribution of food products are mandated by the respective regulatory agencies both national international as well as by governments to implement food safety testing and certification. The increase in retail chain stores and growing food borne diseases is creating awareness among the consumers thereby propelling the global food safety testing market size.

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The global processed food spending is expected to reach above US $7 trillion by 2024 increasing from US $3.5 trillion in 2015 that is a driving factor for introducing rapid technologies in the food safety testing market. According to food safety market research reports companies operating in food safety testing market are introducing various types of food safety tested products that help in controlling allergenic ingredients and pathogenic bacteria in food products thereby providing access to safe and healthy food products to the consumers.

Segmentation of food safety testing market – Analyzing their sub categories-

The global food safety testing market is segmented into four parameters or division and under each parameter; there are sub categories as shown in the below-mentioned table.

Testing Type Pathogen Type Testing Techniques Food Type Geography
Microbiology analysis Norovirus Chromatography Meat & Poultry North America
Lipid fats & Oil analysis Salmonella Polymerase Chain Reaction Dairy Products Europe
Allergen analysis Clostridium Immunoassay Fruits and Vegetables Asia-Pacific Region
Minerals & Inorganic Analysis Campylobacter Mass Spectrometry Processed Foods Africa
Pesticides and Fertilizers Staphylococcus aureus Others Beverages  
Others Others   Food Grains  


Table: 1: Segmentation of Food Safety Testing Market

The microbiological testing holds the largest share in the overall food safety testing market size due to its food safety testing reports in almost in all food products. Based on food type Meat & Poultry segment holds the largest share in the market because of the increased microbial contaminations in poultry and meat products. Geographically, North America occupies about 39% share of the food safety testing market. Overall, the technological advances in the food safety testing providing accurate and rapid testing results are going to be the torchbearers of this market.

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