The application of nanotechnology as a food sensor has enormous benefits in detecting contaminants in food. The food processing industry is facing significant challenges due to additives and contaminants found in food testing, and therefore, almonella test and legionella testing are garnering lucrative opportunities from players in food & beverages industry. Development of nanomaterials has paved the way for innovations in the food pathogen testing market. Nanomaterials in electrochemical sensors have gained immense attention because of real-time monitoring, selectivity & sensitivity, and ease of use. These sensors can be used online and are consolidated into the existing distribution line and manufacturing process as portable, simple, disposable, and rapid food contaminant sensors. In addition, an increase in the consumption of poultry meat has been identified as a major source of food contamination. This has forced the producers to explore several ways to increase their production by simultaneously maintaining the safety and affordability of their products. Due to this, the researchers have invested ample amount in the R&D to discover innovative methods such as nanomaterials that are driving the growth of the food pathogen testing market.
As of 2018, the global Food Pathogen Testing Market size was evaluated to be $10 billion. The market is creating opportunities for the potential investors and manufacturers which is poised to increment at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period 2019-2025.
Government Regulations Positively Impacting APAC’s Contribution
Approximately, 600 million people fall sick and 420,000 die after eating contaminated food that results in the loss of 33 million healthy life year. Food pathogen testing is an unavoidable concern in the food industry. The government has implemented several rules and regulations for tracing such elements and inspecting the microbiological quality at every level of processing.
In China, food integrity and quality are governed by the PRC Food Safety Law (2015). It has set out certain requirements to govern the circulation, production, recall, and export/import of food products in China. Additionally, food labeling is administrated by the Administrative Measures of Food Labeling. All the pre-packaged food products are supposed to meet the standards such as GB 7718-2011 for pre-packaged food labeling and GB 28050-2011 for pre-packaged food nutrition labeling.
The Food Sanitation Act (FSA) is the main law that governs food integrity and quality in Japan. This law comprehensively supervises the regulations in food labeling is the Food Labeling Act. This law regulates inspects and supervises the food quality and hygiene whether they are being met. The Food Labeling Act and Cabinet Office Ordinance ensure the use of specific methods for labeling. Nutrition labeling is voluntary in Japan. If nutrition labeling is provided on any product, it is according to the Nutrition Labeling Standards under the Health Promotion Act.
In Singapore, the food quality and integrity are governed solely by the Sale of Food Act (SFA). This act also sets the permissible limits of food additives, nutrient, and mineral supplements. National Environment Agency (NEA) and Singapore Standards SS583:2013 have set up guidelines for the manufacturer that they have to adopt. According to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), all the imported food products are compulsorily subjected for inspection at the entry ports and if needed the samples are to be taken to the laboratory for analysis.
Thus, these stringent regulations in the APAC region have strengthened the food pathogen testing market and have helped the food businesses to navigate their complex regulatory area. The growing population, changing diets, and increasing concerns related to food quality and safety in food and beverage products across APAC presents ample opportunities for business.
North America Subjugated the Global Market with a Regional Revenue Share of 34% in 2018
North America dominated the global food pathogen testing market due to its large food production capacity and a strict regulatory environment. This region produces GM soy and corn in huge quantity, supporting the growing GMO testing market. Now, approximately 48 million people get sick and 3,000 die due to foodborne diseases in the United States every year. The country also faced an increase in issues related to the acrylamide in processed potatoes and cereals and arsenic in apple juice in the previous year, owing to this, the consumers became more aware of the chemical and pathogen tests of the food products. In the U.S., there is a rise in the testing for microbial contamination. Manufacturers routinely are involved in the microbiology testing of the food production plants, raw materials, and the finished products. In 2019, Tyson Ventures, a venture of Tyson Foods Inc., invested in food safety testing company Clear Labs, a private genomics testing company. The company is using a robotic platform for detecting pathogens such as E. coli salmonella. This can provide efficient, reliable, and effective results within 24 hours. Tyson Ventures has made its first investment and is expected to make further investments in the coming years. Canada is also a well-known country for safe and high-quality food products. The large portion of the Canadian economy is dependent on the food and agriculture sector. These are the main factors for the growth of the food pathogen testing market in North America.
Salmonella Testing Boosts Food Safety for Humans in Food Pathogen Testing Market
Salmonella test allows more rapid, reliable, and identification of pathogen in the food supply. Now, more than 91,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in humans in the European Union. In order to protect consumers from salmonellosis, the government of Europe has implemented an integrated approach to food safety from the farm. It consists of risk management and risk assessment measures involving EU Member States, European Parliament, European Commission, EFSA, and ECDC is supported timely and effective risk communication activities. Recently, NEMIS Technologies AG, a Europe based company, along with Biosynth has announced an introduction of innovative and ultra-sensitive chemiluminescence-based technology. This method will help directly detecting the Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The simplicity of this testing method showcases detection in the test tube and enrichment of the bacteria without sample preparation and containment labs. Similar innovations in the global economy are bolstering the food pathogen testing market growth and revenue. Thus, the salmonella segment is poised to increment at a CAGR of 4% through to 2025.
Major Frontrunners in the Food Pathogen Testing Market
Some of the key companies that are dominating the food pathogen testing company are Genetic Id Na Inc., SGS S.A., Microbac Laboratories, Inc., Bureau Veritas S.A., ALS Limited, Intertek Group PLC, IFP Institut Fr Produktqualitt GmbH, Eurofins Scientific, and Silliker, Inc. These pioneering companies are utilizing extensive resources on developmental and innovational activities to deliver essential products and solutions to global customers, deliberately strengthening their brand image and setting new trends for the global market.
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