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North America food pathogen testing market to witness substantial gains over 2017-2024, a stringent regulatory framework to stimulate product demand

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Food pathogen testing market has now evolved into one of those fraternities that mandatorily demands an excessive requirement for sanitation at every stage of production, thereby necessitating the requirement for highly efficient pathogen removal processes. Pathogen testing tools are quite prominently used across the food product manufacturing sectors – right from the pre-process of raw material testing to the manufacturing of the end-product. The evolution of pathogen testing methods has delivered multiple benefits to the food vertical, which would undeniably impel food pathogen testing industry size. Given that the prevalence of health risks associated with contaminated products may impact negatively on the business, food manufacturers have been taking utmost precautions to deploy efficient pathogen testing methodologies during production, thereby carving out a positive growth path for food pathogen testing market in the years ahead. For the record, estimates claim food pathogen testing industry to have held a revenue of USD 3 billion in 2016.

U.S. Food Pathogen Testing Market, By Contaminant, 2013-2024, (Million tests)
U.S. Food Pathogen Testing Market, By Contaminant, 2013-2024, (Million tests)

The emergence of new technologies in food pathogen testing market has pushed the conventional pathogen test methods to next level. Considering the benefits of technological interventions, these advanced methods are being instantly accepted across the food and beverages industry. In North America, for instance, F&B sector behemoths have been giving high preference to pathogen testing methods pertaining to the growing use of genetically modified organisms and high medical expenses. This may perhaps be one of the key factors augmenting North America food pathogen testing industry size, which, as per a report compiled by Global Market Insights, Inc., will collect a revenue of more than USD 2 billion by the end of 2024.

Apart from the recent advancements prevalent in food pathogen detection, it has been observed that there are myriad opportunities and challenges to enhance the already existing technology in this business. Many players in food pathogen testing market though, prefer looking out for newer techniques and biosensors for food pathogen detection. Client partnerships with pathogen testing service providers are commonplace in food pathogen testing industry, to avoid product contamination. For instance, SGS, a leading verification, inspection, certification, and testing company plans to provide its services to the pet-food manufacturers in United States and Canada with regards to Salmonella contamination, to prevent health risks in pets. For the record though, in 2016, food pathogen testing industry size from salmonella contamination was valued at USD 1.2 billion. This may be attributed to the increase in the number of food borne diseases, subject to the presence of Salmonella in food products.  Similar to SGS, many other prominent players in food pathogen testing market such as Bureau Veritas, SGS, Eurofins Scientific, RapidBio Systems, Inc.™, Intertek, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, Inc., Det Norske Veritas, Genon Laboratories Ltd., and Microbac Laboratories have been observed to undertake efforts with regards to innovating novel pathogen testing methods.

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Taking into account the risks associated with foodborne diseases, the regulatory bodies of various countries have been enforcing strict norms to mandate the deployment of pathogen testing methods. In the U.S., Food and Drug Administration has formed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to enhance the food safety system for public health protection. With the FSMA, FDA has also been able to collaborate with other domestic as well as foreign government agencies to build integrated food safety systems, which will prompt other governmental bodies to adopt food pathogen testing techniques, inherently propelling food pathogen testing market.

The governmental bodies across the Asia Pacific are strongly focusing on extensive research and development activities, owing to the rapid growth of the chemical and food processing sectors in the region. In addition, food pathogen testing industry players, having established their bases in the APAC belt, have also been striving to expand their reach across the frontiers and strengthen their customer pool. Recently, for example, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. acquired a leading contract development and manufacturing company, Patheon N.V., which has helped the former expand its customer base across the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. These growth strategies are evidence enough to prove food pathogen testing market is likely to carve out a lucrative growth path in the years ahead.

Author Name : Sunil Hebbalkar

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Food safety testing market outlook: Rising food safety & security concerns to significantly influence the growth over 2016-2024

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Increasing threats over food consumption have stimulated global food safety testing market and generated demand for effective test products that can ensure food safety. Food supply worldwide is facing a range of risks from environmental toxins, bacteria, and food allergens. Food safety testing industry size has been growing substantially, owing to the increasing threat of foodborne illness, and stringent food safety regulations. Moreover, expansion of import and export business of food supply across the globe is expected to further boost the demand for food safety testing market. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Food Safety Testing Market size worth USD 9 billion in 2015, is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7% over the period of 2016-2024.”  The food safety testing industry growth will also be influenced by the expansion of global processed food industry which is anticipated to surpass USD 7 trillion by 2024.

U.S. Food Safety Testing Market size, by contaminants, 2013-2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Food Safety Testing Market size, by contaminants, 2013-2024 (USD Million)

The most common source for contamination of food is pathogens. These pathogens can cause various gastrointestinal disorders such as abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea leading to increase in illness and death of around 2 million people every year. Growing food epidemic has mandated the laboratory testing for Salmonella, Listeria, E. Coli, Campylobacter types of pathogens, in turn making food pathogen testing market to be a major revenue pocket accounting for 30% of the global demand. Pesticide is another type of contaminant causing health disorders. The pesticide food safety testing market worth USD 800 million in 2015, will witness substantial growth, owing to regulatory norms in using of certified and organic pesticides.

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Contaminated food is a very serious issue which may result into demise. As per WHO’s statistical report in 2014, over 2.5 million people died due to diarrheal diseases. Moreover, U.S is facing an alarming rate of increase in foodborne illness resulting into nearly 5 thousand deaths and more than 325 thousand hospitalizations every year. This has generated the need to implement quality and safety checks, where consumers have the authority to trace their ready to eat meals, processed products, bakery, preserved & canned products. In this regard the EU and FDA have given conformities with consumers’ rights to track food through all production and distribution stages, in turn driving the food safety testing industry. In addition, major food regulatory bodies and authorities such as Good Hygiene Practices (GHP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are extending extensive support in ensuring food authenticity, thereby, propelling the food safety testing market growth.

The food safety testing technology market has witnessed a noticeable shift towards rapid food safety testing technology market from the time consuming traditional food safety testing industry. Increase adoption in biosensors, ELISA, rapid culture detection, and PCR-based techniques are widely adopted technologies used to examine the count, metabolites, and type of micro-organisms.

The growth in food safety testing market is also poised to benefit from increasing consumption of meat, poultry, and dairy products. Unhygienic condition while skinning and handling animals in slaughter house is the key responsible factor favoring the meat and poultry food safety testing market. Similarly, dairy products can also get easily contaminated through infected animals. Regulatory bodies such as the FSIS and HACCP are taking major steps in preventing meat & poultry product contamination and implementing adequate pasteurization of dairy products stimulating the food safety testing industry share.

Europe food safety testing market valued over USD 2.5 billion in 2015, with U.K and Germany leading the regional demand. Increasing consumer awareness and stringent food safety regulations will boost the demand for Europe food safety testing market over the coming years. Asia Pacific food safety testing industry will emerge rapidly due to rising population, growing demand for food products, and increasing stringent regulations for food safety. China being the major export trade market is anticipated to witness annual growth rate of 11% over the period of 2016-2024.

The food safety testing market is consolidated with top three players sharing 45% of the overall business space. The key industry participants include Intertek, Bureau Veritas, SGS, Det Norske Veritas, Eurofins Laboratories, Idexx Laboratories, ALS Laboratory and Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Author NameOjaswita Kutepatil