Europe Food Safety Testing Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

Europe Food Safety Testing Market is Segmented by Type (Pathogen Testing, Pesticide and Residue Testing, Mycotoxin Testing, GMO Testing, Allergen Testing, Nutrition Testing and Others); by Technology (HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, Immunoassay-based, and others); by Application (Meat and Poultry, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Processed Food, Crops, Feed and Pet Food, Baby Food and Others); and by Country (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecast in value terms in USD million for all the above segments.

Europe Food Safety Testing Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR 6.13 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Europe Food Safety Testing Market

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe Food Safety Testing Market Analysis

Europe food safety testing market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6.13% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Covid-19 has shown a significant impact on the food safety testing market growth owing to the increased need for food safety testing in this situation. However, the inadequacy of food control infrastructure may limit food safety testing market growth due to COVID-19 regulations. Sharp shifts in consumer behavior related to the food they consume were observed, with a higher preference for safety and quality. These have further propelled the manufacturers to assess the safety parameters of their food products to be able to sustain their product values in the market.

  • Food safety is a credence attribute as it cannot be observed by consumers before or after purchasing the product. Thus, testing methodologies, like traceability, microbiological quality, have been implemented both at the European and national levels to ensure effective monitoring and overall control.
  • The increase in food-borne diseases, contamination in food products, and rise in consumer awareness about food quality and safety are giving rise to the food safety testing market. Moreover, strict government regulations that safeguard the processed and unprocessed food products are supporting the market growth in Europe.

Europe Food Safety Testing Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Europe Food Safety Testing Market according to our research experts:

Food Safety Testing Emerging as a Pivotal Point Against Surging Number of Food Frauds Cases

Europe is becoming firm with the food regulations and making compliance even stricter for manufacturers, which is exposing numerous attempts at presenting a fraud food before consumers. Thus, the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System - Food Fraud (AAC-FF), introduced by the European Union in 2015, dedicates an IT tool that provides a platform for members of the EU Food Fraud Network to exchange information on non-compliances and potential intentional violations of the EU Agri-food chain legislation. The system revealed the requests created by member countries on the platform, which grew every year, totaling 292 in 2019. However, these requests do not show the overall cases occurring in the region, and they only act as an exchange information on cross-border non-compliances. As a result, Europeans, especially Italians, showed a greater tendency to pay a rather high average price for products that claim reduced mycotoxin, thus highlighting the demand for food safety testing.

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Pathogen Testing Remains the Largest Market

Pathogen safety testing in food samples is dominated by salmonella testing as the largest segment. Nearly one in three foodborne outbreaks in the European Union in 2018 were caused by salmonella. In 2018, European Union Member States reported 5,146 foodborne outbreaks affecting 48,365 people. Slovakia, Spain, and Poland accounted for 67% of the 1,581 salmonella outbreaks. (Source: EFSA). Furthermore, the French Public Health Agency identified an outbreak of Salmonella enterica serovar Agona associated with infant formula products manufactured by the Lactalis Nutrition Santé group in France. In December 2017, 35 confirmed cases of Salmonella Agona infections among infants aged less than six months were identified in different regions of France. (Source: WHO). The increasing consumption of processed packaged food products and rapid innovation in the food industry are attributing to a significant amount of foodborne diseases, followed by stringent government regulations on food contamination, which is one of the major factors driving the pathogen testing market across the region.

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Europe Food Safety Testing Industry Overview

The European food safety testing market is fragmented with key players looking for greater market penetration, especially in the developed markets, such as Europe and North America, where the regulatory compliance is strictest and the public awareness regarding food authentication is also high. The companies compete on different factors, including service offerings, geographical reach, and improved technologies, in order to gain competitive advantage in the market. Eurofins, being one of the leader in the food safety testing market, has a wide range of services provided for food safety tests, such as microbiological testing, Residue testing, and others. The major players operating in the Europe food safety testing market are TÜV SÜD, Symbio Laboratories, QIMA, Bureau Veritas, Mérieux NutriSciences, ifp Privates Institut für Produktqualität GmbH, Cotecna Inspection SA, Eurofins Scientific, ALS Limited, Intertek Group plc, NSF International, NEOGEN CORPORATION, SGS SA and TÜV NORD GROUP among other domestic players.

Europe Food Safety Testing Market Leaders

  1. SGS SA

  2. TUV SUD

  3. Bureau Veritas

  4. Intertek Group PLC

  5. Eurofins Scientific

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Europe Food Safety Testing Market News

  • In April 2018, Eurofins signed a contract with LabCorp to acquire Covance Food Solutions, a food testing and consulting business fro USD 670 million.
  • In July 2018, Eurofins Scientific, a global scientific leader in bioanalytical testing, announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of LABORATORIOS ECOSUR S.A., one of the leaders of the Food testing market in Spain.
  • In July 2020, Bureau Veritas and The Ascott Limited (Ascott) which is one of the leading international lodging owner-operators have signed a Europe agreement for providing audits and certification for the hygiene and safety standards of Ascott's worldwide properties, this development has helped the company to enhance their business and generate more revenue in the future.

Europe Food Safety Testing Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type of Testing

      1. 5.1.1 Pathogen Testing

      2. 5.1.2 Pesticide and Residue Testing

      3. 5.1.3 Mycotoxin Testing

      4. 5.1.4 GMO Testing

      5. 5.1.5 Allergen Testing

      6. 5.1.6 Nutrition Testing

      7. 5.1.7 Other Types of Testing

    2. 5.2 By Technology

      1. 5.2.1 HPLC-based

      2. 5.2.2 LC-MS/MS-based

      3. 5.2.3 Immunoassay-based

      4. 5.2.4 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Meat and Poultry

      2. 5.3.2 Dairy

      3. 5.3.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.3.4 Processed Food

      5. 5.3.5 Crops

      6. 5.3.6 Feed and Pet Food

      7. 5.3.7 Baby Food

      8. 5.3.8 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 By Country

      1. 5.4.1 United Kingdom

      2. 5.4.2 France

      3. 5.4.3 Germany

      4. 5.4.4 Spain

      5. 5.4.5 Italy

      6. 5.4.6 Russia

      7. 5.4.7 Netherlands

      8. 5.4.8 Belgium

      9. 5.4.9 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 ALS Limited

      2. 6.4.2 Campden BRI

      3. 6.4.3 NFS International

      4. 6.4.4 SGS SA

      5. 6.4.5 Eurofins Scientific

      6. 6.4.6 Intertek Group PLC

      7. 6.4.7 Tuv Sud

      8. 6.4.8 Bureau Veritas

      9. 6.4.9 Symbio Laboratories

      10. 6.4.10 ifp Privates Institut fr Produktqualitt GmbH

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Europe Food Safety Testing Industry Segmentation

Food testing and analysis is an essential part of the food safety to assure that the food is safe to consume. This includes nourishment of the network of food testing laboratories, assuring the quality of food testing, investment in human resources and carrying out surveillance activities and educating the consumers. Europe food safety testing market is segmented by type of testing, technology, application, and country. Based on type, the market is segmented into pathogen testing, pesticide and residue testing, mycotoxin testing, GMO testing, allergen testing, Nutrition Testing and other types of testing. By technology, the market covers HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, immunoassay-based, and other technologies. By application, the market is segmented into Meat and poultry, dairy, fruits and vegetables, processed food, crops, feed and pet food, baby food, and other applications. By country, the market is segmented into the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Rest of Europe. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasting have been done in value terms (USD million).

By Type of Testing
Pathogen Testing
Pesticide and Residue Testing
Mycotoxin Testing
GMO Testing
Allergen Testing
Nutrition Testing
Other Types of Testing
By Technology
Other Technologies
By Application
Meat and Poultry
Fruits and Vegetables
Processed Food
Feed and Pet Food
Baby Food
Other Applications
By Country
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
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Europe Food Safety Testing Market Research FAQs

The Europe Food Safety Testing Market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.13% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

SGS SA, TUV SUD, Bureau Veritas, Intertek Group PLC and Eurofins Scientific are the major companies operating in the Europe Food Safety Testing Market.

The report covers the Europe Food Safety Testing Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Europe Food Safety Testing Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Europe Food Safety Testing Industry Report

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Europe Food Safety Testing Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)