North America Food Safety Testing Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The North American food safety testing market is segmented by Contaminant Type (Pathogen Testing, Pesticide and Residue Testing, Mycotoxin Testing, and Other Contaminant Testing), Technology (HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, Immunoassay-Based, and Other Technologies), Application (Pet Food and Animal Feed and Food), and Country (United States, Canada, Mexico, and Rest of North America). The report offers market size and forecasts in value terms for all the above segments.

North America Food Safety Testing Industry Overview

North America Food Safety Testing Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 5.39 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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North America Food Safety Testing Market Analysis

The North American food safety testing market is projected to record a CAGR of 5.39% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The impact of COVID-19 has rippled through the domestic and global food and agriculture industries, causing disruptions on a scale never seen before. Owing to such factors, ensuring food safety and strengthening the resilience of food systems to promote food security for the most vulnerable becomes paramount. Thus, in 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system.

Over the long term, food safety is a global concern and cannot be ignored by consumers. As a result, regulations mandating food safety tests, for tracing elements and inspecting the microbiological quality, have been implemented at every level of the administrative framework in different countries.

The concerns over bacterial pathogens have prompted companies like Eurofins to expand their chemical and microbiological analysis in the country. The presence of local players has resulted in intense competition, particularly in microbial testing. However, they lack on the infrastructural front for comprehensive microbiological analysis.

North America Food Safety Testing Industry Segments

Food safety testing laboratories and food companies constantly conduct food safety tests to ensure that the product is edible using various technologies. The North American food safety testing market is segmented by contaminant type, technology, application, and country. By contaminant type, the market studied is segmented into pathogen testing, pesticide and residue testing, mycotoxin testing, and other contaminant testing. By technology, the market studied is segmented into HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, immunoassay-based, and other technologies. By application, the market is segmented into pet food and animal feed and food segments. Food application is sub-segmented into meat and poultry, dairy, fruits and vegetables, processed food, crops, and other foods. Furthermore, the report considers the market for food safety testing in established and emerging economies, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Rest of North America. ​For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Contaminant Type
Pathogen Testing
Pesticide and Residue Testing
Mycotoxin Testing
Other Contaminant Testing
By Technology
Other Technologies
By Application
Pet Food and Animal Feed
Meat and Poultry
Fruits and Vegetables
Processed Food
Other Foods
United States
Rest of North America

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North America Food Safety Testing Market Trends

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

Growing Consumer Interest in Food Safety and Quality

The rising number of foodborne disease outbreaks, adulteration cases, and toxicity have increased food safety threats. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) has reported that one in 10 people fall sick every year due to foodborne illness, particularly children aged 5 years or under are at high risk. With the rising disease incidences and awareness about foodborne diseases, 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 developed countries. Enhanced surveillance and detection methods have contributed to the growth of food safety testing scenarios, specifically in developed countries, such as the United States and Canada.

North America Food Safety Testing Market Growth

The United States Holds the Largest Market Share

The growth of food safety testing is primarily driven by the roll-out and implementation of stringent food safety regulations, such as a zero-tolerance policy for Listeria contamination. Microbial testing dominates the United States market, followed by GMO testing. The USDA’s stringent regulatory norms have forced the food processors to comply with the regulations, which continues to drive the market. The food industries are profoundly impacted by the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, as consumers are demanding greater transparency regarding food safety. Allergens testing has recently gained prominence amidst tightening regulatory oversight; the label claim declaration for allergens has prompted food manufacturers to conduct their testing and get appropriate certifications. Companies, such as Eurofins, have developed FDA-recommended DNA bar code tests for species identifications, which is gaining prominence in the US market.

North America Food Safety Testing Market Share

North America Food Safety Testing Market Competitor Analysis

The North American food safety testing market is dominated by players like Eurofins SGS Group, BUREAU VERITAS, INTERTEK, and ALS Limited. Eurofins holds the dominant position in the market, followed by SGS. Eurofins, one of the market leaders, provides a wide range of analytical services for testing raw materials and finished products. The company provides microbiological testing of food product residues, contaminant analysis, shelf life testing, and other services. An increase in the outbreak of foodborne illness, leading to increased demand for nutritious and healthy food products, is pushing the revenue generation in the food safety testing market.

North America Food Safety Testing Market Top Players


  2. Bureau Veritas

  3. Eurofins

  4. ALS Limited

  5. Intertek

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

SGS GROUP, Bureau Veritas, Eurofins, ALS Limited, Intertek

North America Food Safety Testing Market Recent Developments

  • In May 2022, Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services, opened its third US microbiological laboratory in Reno, Nevada. To safeguard the safety of food and agricultural commodities, the new laboratory provides quick pathogen testing as well as microbiological indicator investigations.
  • In 2021 - NSF International announced the launch of 455 GMP standards for testing dietary supplements, cosmetics, and over-the-counter (OTC) products. These standards are designed to strengthen safety, quality, and trust throughout the supply chain, combine regulatory requirements with retailer quality requirements and reduce the number of audits and financial costs associated with audits.
  • In 2019 - SGS expanded its presence in the United States by announcing the official opening of its new food microbiological testing laboratory in Fairfield, New Jersey, the United States. The 2,000 sq. ft microbiological testing facility utilizes a robust information technology platform to offer food producers, manufacturers, and suppliers a broad spectrum of testing services across every food category.

North America 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 By Contaminant Type

      1. 5.1.1 Pathogen Testing

      2. 5.1.2 Pesticide and Residue Testing

      3. 5.1.3 Mycotoxin Testing

      4. 5.1.4 Other Contaminant 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 Pet Food and Animal Feed

      2. 5.3.2 Food

        1. Meat and Poultry

        2. Dairy

        3. Fruits and Vegetables

        4. Processed Food

        5. Crops

        6. Other Foods

    4. 5.4 Country

      1. 5.4.1 United States

      2. 5.4.2 Canada

      3. 5.4.3 Mexico

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of North America


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 NSF International

      2. 6.3.2 SGS SA

      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 AGQ Labs

      10. 6.3.10 NEOGEN Corporation

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


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North America Food Safety Testing Market Research FAQs

The North America Food Safety Testing Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The North America Food Safety Testing Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.39% over the next 5 years.

SGS GROUP, Bureau Veritas, Eurofins, ALS Limited , Intertek are the major companies operating in North America Food Safety Testing Market.

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