Rising Food Safety Concerns and Growing Inclination Towards GMO Products to Offer Potential Opportunities
The growth of the food safety testing market continues to remain influenced by rising prevalence of chemical contamination of food during processing. Owing to chemical contamination or adulteration in food, public health is getting impacted at a large scale worldwide. For instance, as per UK National Food Crime Unit, adulterations leading to food frauds have increased drastically. In 2019, about 1193 cases were registered as compared to 796 recorded in 2015. This has raised concerns causing a dent in consumer confidence. In order to shun food adulterations and restore consumer confidence, authorities are promoting use of advanced food safety testing methods which is complementing its market growth.
Additionally, increasing proliferation of GMO products coupled with growing consumer awareness apropos to genetically modified organisms has been witnessed. Owing to perceived benefits such as better taste, high nutrition, long shelf life and higher resistance to diseases has fuelled the consumption of GMO labeled food products. As per the International Food Information Council, around 41% consumers mull over the GMO aspect before purchase. Under this notion, consumers are attentive towards understanding various nutritional aspects of the product on its packaging. In this backdrop, it becomes imperative to carry out food testing of GMO products, which is likely to contribute towards the growth of the food safety testing market.
Pathogen Testing to Account for Major Share in Food Safety Testing Market
The need for testing of food products to identify the presence of pathogens is increasing significantly. This is mainly due to the growing cases related to foodborne diseases caused by presence of pathogens. CDC and American Medical Association have estimated that about 48 million cases each year are caused due to pathogens on the global front. Illnesses due to pathogens such as Campylobacter, Shigella, Salmonella and Yersinia have grown at a high rate which has pushed the demand for food safety testing for pathogens. That said, use of advanced technology such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for testing of pathogens in food is expected to largely contribute towards food safety testing market growth.
Europe Likely to Account for a Significant Share in the Food Safety Testing Market; Asia Pacific to Present Potential Growth Prospects
Developed economies in the Europe region have showcased significant potential for growth of the food safety testing market are expected to maintain status quo in the following years. Growing at a stable rate, the food safety testing market in Europe is mainly influenced by food safety issues coupled with consumer demand for labeled food products. In this backdrop, strict norms and regulations are being implemented in order to regulate testing of food safety in countries in EU and their consumer pool. Moreover, various government aided bodies are playing a key role in initiating food safety. For instance, CLs (Control Laboratories), EURLs (EU Reference Laboratories) and NRLs (National Reference Laboratories) have a major contribution in maintaining food standards in order to safeguard consumer health by effectively monitoring and regulating the food supply chain in the region.
Alternatively, food safety testing demand is expected to rise at a momentous rate across emerging economies in Asia Pacific. This can be attributed towards growing food industry in complement to increasing reliance on packaged food products, growing demand for sea food, functional and nutritional food products. Additionally, a parallel running awareness apropos to contamination due to adulteration in food products continues to trigger need for food safety testing services. Also, international trade is also expected to play a crucial role in bolstering growth of the food safety testing market in Asia Pacific on the back of mandates regarding testing of food products and their labeling in the region.
Food Safety Testing Market: Competitive Landscape
Companies in the food safety testing market are relying on various strategies such as collaborations, adoption of new technology to launch innovative products and development of new methods to carry out food testing. For instance, in 2021, RLP AgroScience GmbH and SGS SA entered into a partnership which will benefit RLP in extending its portfolio of safety studies to cover biocides, chemicals, veterinary drugs and biocides. Through this partnership, the company will be able to provide innovative solutions in the areas of food, pharmaceuticals and agriculture and support food safety assessment.
In October 2020, Eurofins Scientific and Nestle Research collaborated to develop a novel method to identify fructans in adult nutrition and infant formula. This technique received widespread acceptance from organizations such as ISO, IDF, AOAC and CEN. Likewise, same year in May, Leela Palaces in collaboration with Bureau Veritas introduced the “Suraksha” initiative in a bid to offer high standards of hygiene and food safety. Such initiatives are likely to augur well for the development and growth of the food safety testing standards and services.
Few of the key players in the food safety testing market include SGS SA, NSF International, Bureau Veritas, Intertek Group Plc and Eurofins Scientific.
Global Food Safety Testing Market is Segmented as Below:
By Contaminant Type
By Food Type
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Food Safety Testing Market
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