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

Global Food Safety Diagnostics Market is segmented by Contaminant Testing (Pathogen Testing, Pesticide and Residue Testing, Mycotoxin Testing, GMO Testing, Allergen Testing, and Other Contaminant Testing), by Technology (Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Immunoassay-based, Chromatography and Spectrometry, and Other Technologies), by Application (Animal Feed and Pet Food, and Food), and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and values in (USD Million) for the above segments during the forecast years.

Food Safety Testing Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 23.58 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 33.73 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 7.43 %
Fastest Growing Market Middle East and Africa
Largest Market Europe

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Food Safety Testing Market Analysis

The Food Safety Testing Market size is estimated at USD 23.58 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 33.73 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.43% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Widespread foodborne infections, food adulteration, and other factors threatening public health are prompting local governments and concerned authorities to impose stringent rules. This factor has led to a growth in food safety testing in packaged, processed, and other raw materials, such as vegetables and fruits, which fuelled the growth of the market.

Customers' increasing intolerance to allergens, such as gluten and dairy, is leading to allergy-free product advances worldwide. This has subsequently led to the introduction of allergy-free products, often tested by manufacturers for allergens and trace particles in packaged and processed food products. Chemical testing in organic products is growing in popularity in the market, owing to companies operating throughout the world testing these products for evidence of listed or banned chemicals to comply with various country-level regulatory agencies. The European Union, for example, maintains a list of over 500 chemicals and hazardous compounds that must be removed from organic products shipped to European countries.

The market's growth was further propelled over the past few years by the COVID-19 pandemic, a factor which led to the increased testing of food products to curb the spread of the virus.

Food Safety Testing Market Trends

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

Growing Consumer Interest in Food Safety and Quality

The demand for high-quality food has continuously increased over the last few decades, owing to growing consumer awareness of food quality issues, as well as other factors, such as health and environmental repercussions. Food safety, quality, and labeling regulations are also being implemented by government bodies such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission. These organizations oversee monitoring and enforcing safety standards through effective food control activities.

Food additives (such as preservatives, emulsifiers, and colors) require government approval in the United States and several other developed countries before they can be used in foods. Producers of food additives are required to submit scientific data verifying the safety of their products. Laws and regulations create safety guidelines, which include assessments of many types of toxicities, such as carcinogenicity and effects on digestion, among others. Title 21, Part 170 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations defines a drug as safe when there is "an assurance that the material is not dangerous within the intended conditions and restrictions." Once a food component has been determined to be safe and approved, it can be employed in a variety of food applications.

With the rising disease incidences and awareness about foodborne diseases across the world, the current food safety testing market is shifting toward rapid culture-independent molecular or microbiological tests. Growing consumer interest in food quality has propelled high technological advancements, thereby driving the food safety testing market in both developing and developed countries.

Food Safety Testing Market: Number of USDA Food Recalled, in Million Pounds, United States, 2018-2021

Middle East and Africa is the Fastest Growing Region

Food and beverage companies and governments in the Middle East and African countries are stepping up to provide more assurance about food product safety and supply chain transparency to local consumers, as numerous research and polls show a high level of trust among consumers in the region. Over the past few years, the implementation of stringent regulations by leading food safety organizations, such as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the National Department of Health, and the Department of Trade & Industry, to prevent foodborne outbreaks has helped drive the growth of the South African food safety testing industry. Pathogen testing has remained one of the most dominant segments in the South African food safety testing market over the past few years. The increased application of pesticides in agriculture and the increased application of preservatives in off-the-shelf retail products have been driving the growth of the chemical and toxin testing segment as well as the genetically modified organism (GMO) testing segment of the market. Thus, the growing consumer concerns about food safety have helped propel the growth of the market in the region over the study period.

Food Safety Testing Market: Market Size (%), By Geography, Global. 2021

Food Safety Testing Industry Overview

The global food safety testing market is highly competitive owing to the presence of multiple regional and multinational companies. International players dominate the market studied. The leading players, including Eurofins Scientific, SGS SA ALS Limited, Bureau Veritas Group, and Intertek, hold a significant share of the market studied. Major players in the market studied are increasing their investments in research and development and have been expanding their businesses to maintain their position. For instance, in February 2022, following the acquisition of TestAmerica in the United States by Eurofins in 2018, site rationalizations and reorganizations have been progressing continuously. In 2019, an 18,000 m² plot of land that includes a 7,950 m² building in California, United States, was purchased. Subsequently, the building was redeveloped to consolidate the Eurofins Calscience LLC and TestAmerica Irvine laboratories into one premise.

Food Safety Testing Market Leaders

  1. NSF International

  2. SGS Group

  3. Bureau Veritas

  4. Eurofins Scientific SE

  5. Intertek Group PLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Food Safety Testing Market News

  • July 2022: SGS launched a new food analysis laboratory in Mexico. The new Naucalpan laboratory will support the Mexican food industry, assisting organizations with quality control and regulatory compliance.
  • May 2022: Bureau Veritas, a provider of laboratory testing, inspection, and certification services, announced the opening of its third US microbiology laboratory, based in Reno, Nevada. The facility planned to conduct rapid pathogen testing and microbiology indicator analyses for the agri-food sector.
  • April 2022: Mérieux NutriSciences, a global leader in food safety, quality, and sustainability, acquired Hortec Pty Ltd (Hortec) in South Africa and Laboratorios Bromatológicos Araba SA (Aralab) in Spain. With these new acquisitions, Mérieux NutriSciences is furthering its strategic objectives and strengthening its capabilities by entering the South African pesticide market and reinforcing its geographical presence in Spain.

Food Safety Testing Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    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 Contaminant 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 Other Contaminant Testing

    2. 5.2 Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

      2. 5.2.2 Immunoassay-based

      3. 5.2.3 Chromatography and Spectrometry

        1. HPLC Based

        2. LC-MS/MS-Based

        3. Other Chromatography and Spectrometry

      4. 5.2.4 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Animal Feed and Pet Food

      2. 5.3.2 Food

        1. Meat and Poultry

        2. Dairy

        3. Fruits and Vegetables

        4. Processed Food

          1. Baby Food

          2. Bakery Products

          3. Savory and Sweet Snacks

          4. Dietary Supplements

        5. Crops

        6. Other Foods

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Italy

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 NSF International

      2. 6.3.2 SGS GROUP

      3. 6.3.3 Bureau Veritas

      4. 6.3.4 Eurofins Scientific

      5. 6.3.5 Intertek Group PLC

      6. 6.3.6 Merieux Nutrisciences

      7. 6.3.7 TUV SUD

      8. 6.3.8 ALS Limited

      9. 6.3.9 Asurequality Limited

      10. 6.3.10 UL LLC

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Food Safety Testing Industry Segmentation

Food safety testing is a scientific procedure that assesses food safety based on its microbiological, physical, or chemical composition. The food business has devised a set of food safety testing protocols to ensure the safety of the food supply. The global food safety testing market (henceforth, referred to as the market studied) is segmented by contaminant testing, technology, application, and geography. By contaminant testing, the market is segmented into pathogen testing, pesticide and residue testing, mycotoxin testing, GMO testing, allergen testing, and other containment testing. By technology, the market is segmented into immunoassay-based, chromatography and spectrometry (which is further segmented into HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, and other chromatography and spectrometry), and other technologies. Based on application, the market studied is segmented into animal feed and pet food, and food. The food segment is further sub-segmented into meat and poultry, dairy, fruits and vegetables, processed food (which is further segmented into baby food, bakery products, savory and sweet snacks, and dietary supplements), crops, and other foods. It provides an analysis of emerging and established economies across the world, comprising North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been provided based on value (in USD million).

Contaminant Testing
Pathogen Testing
Pesticide and Residue Testing
Mycotoxin Testing
GMO Testing
Allergen Testing
Other Contaminant Testing
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Chromatography and Spectrometry
HPLC Based
Other Chromatography and Spectrometry
Other Technologies
Animal Feed and Pet Food
Meat and Poultry
Fruits and Vegetables
Processed Food
Baby Food
Bakery Products
Savory and Sweet Snacks
Dietary Supplements
Other Foods
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Food Safety Testing Market Research FAQs

The Food Safety Testing Market size is expected to reach USD 23.58 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 7.43% to reach USD 33.73 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Food Safety Testing Market size is expected to reach USD 23.58 billion.

NSF International, SGS Group, Bureau Veritas, Eurofins Scientific SE and Intertek Group PLC are the major companies operating in the Food Safety Testing Market.

Middle East and Africa is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Europe accounts for the largest market share in Food Safety Testing Market.

In 2023, the Food Safety Testing Market size was estimated at USD 21.95 billion. The report covers the Food Safety Testing Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Food Safety Testing Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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