Food Safety Testing Market Size, Share and Forecast Analysis to 2028

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Food Safety Testing Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Contaminant (Pathogens, Pesticides, Toxins, GMOs, and Others), Technology (Traditional and Rapid), and Food Type (Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Products; Dairy Products; Cereals and Grains; Processed Food; Fruits and Vegetables; and Others)

Publication Month: Oct 2021 | Report Code: TIPRE00003964 | No. of Pages: 148 | Category: Food and Beverages | Status: Published

The food safety testing market was valued at US$ 20,733.4 million in 2021 and is projected to reach US$ 34,142.5 million by 2028; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2021 to 2028.


Food safety testing is a scientific analysis of a food product and its contents to find information about various characteristics such as physiochemical properties, composition, and structure. The information is used to determine the safety of the product for consumption. The rising prevalence of foodborne illnesses demands food safety testing for all food and beverage products to prevent health hazards, which boosts the growth of the food safety testing market.

As per the data published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the consumption of unsafe food causes 420,000 deaths and 600 million cases of foodborne diseases worldwide each year. Foodborne diseases are preventable; hence, numerous organizations and governments lead coordinated actions to build resilient and robust food safety systems across multiple industries. Moreover, a 2018 World Bank report estimated that the economic burden through a total loss of productivity faced due to foodborne illnesses was estimated to be US$ 95.2 billion per year. Therefore, the food safety testing market is witnessing growth due to consumer awareness regarding food safety and government efforts to prevent foodborne illnesses.


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Report Coverage - Food Safety Testing Market
Report CoverageDetails
Market Size Value inUS$ 20,733.4 million in 2021
Market Size Value byUS$ 34,142.5 million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 7.4% from 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period2021-2028
Base Year2021
No. of Pages148
No. of Tables80
No. of Charts & Figures78
Historical data availableYes
Segments coveredContaminant, Technology, and Food Type
Regional scopeNorth America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America
Country scopeUS, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina
Report coverageRevenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Safety Testing Market

Consumer awareness is one of the major drivers of the food safety testing market across the world. The COVID-19 outbreak positively impacted the market as consumers and governments are focused on the safety and hygiene of products meant for consumption. All food & beverages sectors face challenges amid the outbreak as the SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious and could possibly travel through food surfaces. Meat and poultry processing facilities faced distinctive challenges with respect to virus transmission as workers in several facilities across the world were infected. For instance, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reported in July 2020 that 239 facilities in 23 states fell subject to COVID-19 infection. The total reported cases were 16,233, with 86 related deaths. Moreover, in November 2020, China reported that a frozen pork knuckle sample imported in China had triggered a new COVID-19 case in the country. Such cases of COVID-19 infections in the food industry have created apprehensions among consumers and governments, which propelled the demand for food safety testing to mitigate health risks.

Food Safety Testing Market Breakdown: by Region, 2020

Food Safety Testing Market Breakdown: by Region, 2020

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Emergence of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Foodborne illnesses are toxic or infectious. They can be caused by the chemical substances, parasites, viruses entering the body through contaminated water or food. Foodborne pathogens can cause debilitating infections, such as meningitis or severe diarrhea. In some cases chemical contamination can cause long-term diseases, such as cancer, or short-term illness, such as acute poisoning. A few examples of unsafe food are raw shellfish containing marine biotoxins, vegetables and fruits contaminated with feces, and uncooked foods of animal origin. E. Coli, campylobacter, and salmonella are among the most common foodborne pathogens that affect millions of people worldwide annually and result in fatal or severe outcomes. A few symptoms of foodborne illnesses are diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, headache, and fever. Moreover, listeria infection leads to death of newborn babies or miscarriages in pregnant women. Although the chances of this disease are relatively low, the fatality of listeria makes it one of the most serious foodborne infections. Vibrio cholera infects people through contaminated food or water. Its symptoms may include severe dehydration, profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and could possibly result in death. Various types of seafood, millet gruel, vegetables, and rice have been implicated in cholera outbreaks. Therefore, the demand for food safety testing is increasing to prevent the incidence of foodborne illnesses.

Contaminant Insights

Based on contaminant, the food safety testing market is segmented into pathogens, pesticides, toxins, GMOs, and others. The pathogens segment accounted for the largest market share in 2020, and the GMOs segment is expected to register the highest CAGR in the market during the forecast period. Pathogen testing is done to eliminate or reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses. The elimination is considered so essential that the testing process is implemented in the very step of food production to ensure food safety and sanitation. A few most common pathogens that can cause foodborne illnesses are E. coli, listeria, and salmonella. Pathogen testing can be done using traditional techniques or newer ones. The traditional techniques use conventional cell culture standards, whereas the newer techniques include laser-based or spectrometric diagnostics. Since pathogens are one of the most common reasons for foodborne illnesses, the pathogen segment holds the largest market share in the food safety testing market. Also, the market for this segment is expected to grow during the forecast period due to the growth of the food & beverages industry.

Technology Insights

Based on technology, the food safety testing market is bifurcated into traditional and rapid. The rapid segment accounted for a larger market share in 2020, and the same segment is expected to register a higher CAGR in the market during the forecast period. Major market players are introducing innovative products in the rapid testing owing to the high demand for the service. For instance, in 2009, bioMérieux, Inc. introduced TEMPO, an automated system for the enumeration of microorganisms in food. The automated system eliminates the tedious manual steps involved in most probable number (MPN) method using a miniature card. Therefore, the automated test offers simple traceability and high throughput, and it is also a cost-effective alternative to manual testing. Moreover, the company has also introduced recombinant bacteriophage technology that is used for food-borne pathogen detection, which has reduced the time to grow bacteria at a detectable level. Such rapid tests prove to be useful in terms of cost saving for food manufacturers as the waiting period for batches in inventory is significantly reduced. Thus, the multiple benefits of rapid testing is expected to fuel the market growth for this segment during the forecast period.

Food Type Insights

Based on food type, the food safety testing market is segmented into meat, poultry, and seafood products; dairy products; cereals and grains; processed food; fruits and vegetables; and others. The meat, poultry, and seafood products segment accounted for the largest market share in 2020, and the fruits and vegetables segment is expected to register the highest CAGR in the market during the forecast period. The meat, poultry, and seafood products testing includes testing for contaminants as well as for food adulteration wherein one meat type is adulterated with other meat types. The products may be tested for ash, fat, moisture, protein/nitrogen, heavy metals, pesticides, antibiotics and drugs, salt, chloride, and nitrates and nitrites. Meat products are most likely to get contaminated or defected considering the shelf life and nature of these products. Therefore, the testing for these products is mandatory in all countries. The market for this segment is expected to grow due to the rising consumption of meat, poultry, and seafood products across the world.

Food Safety Testing Market, by Application – 2020 and 2028

Food Safety Testing Market, by Application – 2020 and 2028

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A few players operating in the food safety testing market are SGS SA, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group Plc, TÜV SÜD, AES Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., TÜV NORD GROUP., Bureau Veritas, ALS Limited, NEOGEN Corporation, and AsureQuality. These companies provide a wide range of product portfolio for the market. The companies have their presence in the developing regions, which provides lucrative opportunities for the food safety testing market growth. The market players are developing high-quality and innovative products to fulfil the customer’s requirements.

Report Spotlights

  • Progressive industry trends in the food safety testing market to help players develop effective long-term strategies
  • Business growth strategies adopted by developed and developing markets
  • Quantitative analysis of the food safety testing market from 2019 to 2028
  • Estimation of global demand for food safety testing
  • Porter’s five forces analysis to illustrate the efficacy of buyers and suppliers operating in the industry
  • Recent developments to understand the competitive market scenario
  • Market trends and outlook as well as factors driving and restraining the growth of the Food safety testing market
  • Assistance in decision-making process by highlighting market strategies that underpin commercial interest, leading to the market growth
  • The size of the food safety testing market size at various nodes
  • Detailed overview and segmentation of the market, as well as the food safety testing industry dynamics
  • Size of the food safety testing market in various regions with promising growth opportunities

Food Safety Testing Market – by Contaminant

  • Pathogens
    • Salmonella
    • E.coli
    • Listeria
    • Others
  • Pesticides
  • Toxins
  • GMOs
  • Others


Food Safety Testing Market – by Technology

  • Traditional
  • Rapid
    • PCR-based Testing
    • Immunoassay-based Testing
    • Others


Food Safety Testing Market – by Food Type

  • Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Products
  • Dairy Products
  • Cereals and Grains
  • Processed Food
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Others


Company Profiles

  • SGS SA
  • Eurofins Scientific
  • Intertek Group Plc
  • TÜV SÜD
  • AES Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.
  • TÜV NORD GROUP.
  • Bureau Veritas
  • ALS Limited
  • NEOGEN Corporation
  • AsureQuality

Frequently Asked Questions

The major players operating in the global food safety testing market are SGS SA, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group Plc, TÃœV SÃœD, AES Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., TÃœV NORD GROUP., Bureau Veritas, ALS Limited, NEOGEN Corporation, and AsureQuality.
In 2020, North America held the largest share of the market. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that one out of ten people fall sick due to foodborne illness each year in the US. The rising incidence of foodborne diseases has propelled the need for rapid testing, which is driving the market growth in North America. Additionally, enhanced detection and surveillance methods have fueled the food safety testing market growth in North America.
The pathogens segment accounted for the largest market share in 2020. Since pathogens are one of the most common reasons for foodborne illnesses, the pathogen segment holds the largest market share in the food safety testing market. Also, the market for this segment is expected to grow at a high pace during the forecast period due to the growth of the food & beverages industry.
Based on technology, the food safety testing market is bifurcated into traditional and rapid. The rapid segment accounted for a larger market share in 2020. Rapid tests prove to be useful in terms of cost saving for food manufacturers as the waiting period for batches in inventory is significantly reduced. Thus, the multiple benefits of rapid testing is expected to fuel the market growth for this segment during the forecast period.
In 2020, China held the largest market share in the global food safety testing market. China is the most populated country in the world and is a major hub for food and beverages industry. The country annually imports and exports large quantities of food products to different parts of the world. As per data published by the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, the food and beverage sector of China reached US$ 595 billion in 2019 in terms of consumption. Moreover, considering the aggressive development of China and rising middle class population with high disposable income, numerous food brands are attempting to enter the market in the country. Therefore, the food trade as well as consumption in the country is growing at a high pace resulting in positive impact for food safety testing, as testing in the country is becoming increasingly stringent for food processing.
Foodborne illnesses are toxic or infectious. They can be caused by the chemical substances, parasites, viruses entering the body through contaminated water or food. In some cases chemical contamination can cause long-term diseases, such as cancer, or short-term illness, such as acute poisoning. A few examples of unsafe food are raw shellfish containing marine biotoxins, vegetables and fruits contaminated with feces, and uncooked foods of animal origin. E. Coli, campylobacter, and salmonella are among the most common foodborne pathogens that affect millions of people worldwide annually and result in fatal or severe outcomes. Moreover, listeria infection leads to death of newborn babies or miscarriages in pregnant women. Although the chances of this disease are relatively low, the fatality of listeria makes it one of the most serious foodborne infections. Vibrio cholera infects people through contaminated food or water. Various types of seafood, millet gruel, vegetables, and rice have been implicated in cholera outbreaks. Therefore, the demand for food safety testing is increasing to prevent the incidence of foodborne illnesses.

The List of Companies - Food Safety Testing Market

  1. SGS SA 
  2. Eurofins Scientific           
  3. INTERTEK GROUP PLC    
  4. TÜV SÜD             
  5. AES Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.           
  6. TÜV NORD GROUP.        
  7. BUREAU VERITAS            
  8. ALS Limited        
  9. NEOGEN Corporation
  10. AsureQuality
  • Highlights key business priorities in order to assist companies to realign their business strategies.
  • The key findings and recommendations highlight crucial progressive industry trends in the global food safety testing market, thereby allowing players to develop effective long-term strategies.
  • Develop/modify business expansion plans by using substantial growth offering developed and emerging markets.
  • Scrutinize in-depth the market trends and outlook coupled with the factors driving the market, as well as those hindering it.
  • Enhance the decision-making process by understanding the strategies that underpin commercial interest with respect to application.
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