United States forms the largest food safety testing market in the North America region, accounting for a share estimated at more than 65% in 2016. In terms of growth too, the market for food safety testing in the United States is likely to record the fastest CAGR of about 8% over 2017 - 2022. The market for food safety testing in North America is expected to maintain a CAGR of over 7% during 2017 - 2022.
Pathogen testing is the largest type of food testing procedure implemented in North America, with processed food being the largest category of food tested for contaminants. However, the market for GMO testing is anticipated to post the fastest growth during the analysis period.
The practice of food safety testing has gained considerable significance over the past few years in view of growing incidences of food-borne illnesses and poisoning caused by contaminated food products. Companies engaged in the manufacturing and distributions of food products are mandated by respective regional and international regulatory agencies to implement food safety testing and certification. Such tests are carried out on a range of food products that include dairy, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry and processed foods, as well as others such as cereals and food additives. Major causes that result in food contamination include:
Pathogens have been implicated in the maximum occurrences of food-borne illnesses on a global basis, thereby signifying the largest share accorded to pathogen testing in the food safety testing market.
Primary factors driving the market for food safety testing include:
Prospects offered by emerging markets of Asia-Pacific and South America in the area of food safety testing are the most attractive, with the developed economies of North America and Europe expected to maintain slower growth over the 2017 - 2022 analysis period.