Food safety testing market to surpass $15 billion by 2019

A new report has found that the food safety testing market will be worth more than $15 billion by 2019. This is in addition to an estimated 1.2 billion food tests to be conducted as well.

These finding were complied by the global market research firm, MarketsandMarkets, and are discussed in the report, Food Safety Testing Market by Contamination (Pathogen, GMO, Toxin, Pesticide, Others), Technology (Traditional & Rapid), Food type (Meat & Poultry, Dairy, Fruit & Vegetable, Convenience food, Others) & Region – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019.”

According to an article, the report solidifies a strong focus on food safety in both North America and Europe, but also shows signs of growth in other regions as well. Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America are becoming more involved in more international food trade, as well as making their communities more aware of contamination, foodborne illness and outbreaks.

Overall, the largest market for food testing in 2013 was North America, but the report predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will be the fastest-growing market over the next few years.

In the report, pathogen testing was found to be the largest testing market, mainly due to an increase in foodborne illness, particularly Salmonella. However, testing for E. coli is also on the rise globally as increasingly stringent food safety regulations are becoming driving factors for the food safety testing market.

One of the reasons the food testing industry is expected to see continued growth is because these regulations also continue to evolve. Import and export testing, residue limits, and labeling restrictions all require food laboratories to come up with new and improved testing methods to keep up with ever-changing applicable laws.

As stated in the article, other opportunities for growth are stemming from the United States’ continued implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, along with new food safety plans coming into effect in China.

The report also details different contaminants and pathogens including Listeria, Campylobacter, GMOs, pesticides, toxins, food allergens and chemical residues. It also details methods of food safety testing including traditional technology, such as the agar-based method and culture enrichment process, and rapid testing technology including PCR-based, immunoassay-based, convenience-based assay, and other molecular-based methods.

To view the full report, click here.

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