The food safety testing market is expected to witness considerable growth by 2027 driven by the proliferating global food demand and increasing incidences of food contamination.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a rise in consumer focus on safer and healthier food products has been witnessed. As a result, there has been a surging need to ensure that food items are safe for consumption, which has massively impacted the business landscape across the globe.

The food safety testing market has been segmented based on contaminant, technology, food, and region. On the basis of contaminant, the market has further been categorized into pesticides, pathogens, toxins, GMOs, and others (food allergens and chemical residue).

The GMOs sub-segment is estimated to observe substantial growth by 2027, delivering a sizable CAGR through the assessment timeframe. The most common technology used in GMOs testing include enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Food safety testing market from the toxins segment is estimated to witness lucrative growth through the study timeframe owing to surging food demand across the globe. Toxins are harmful chemical substances that can cause distress and adverse health effects if consumed. They are present in the form of heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and others.

The others sub-segment is projected to grow at a steady pace through 2027. Other contaminants include food allergens and chemical contaminants. Food allergens are contaminants found in food that can induce an inappropriate immune response upon ingestion, which is anticipated to support market demand over the following years.

From the perspective of food, the food safety testing market has been bifurcated into processed, fruits & vegetables, meat & poultry, dairy, and others (raw food materials). The dairy sub-segment is anticipated to account for a notable share in the overall market revenue by the end of the forecast period.

Inadequate or faulty pasteurization can, in some cases, fail to destroy all pathogens present in milk. Furthermore, some pathogens, such as listeria, can survive post-pasteurization techniques and cause re-contamination of products, which is expected to positively impact market demand for dairy products over 2021-2027.

The fruits & vegetables sub-segment is projected to expand at a considerable rate through the forecast timeline due to the high dietary significance of fruits and vegetables. In certain countries, fruits & vegetables are adulterated for enhancing their appearance. Adulterated fruits and vegetables can contain contaminants like pathogens and waxes that can cause harm upon consumption.

Furthermore, since fruits and certain vegetables are consumed raw, there is a higher need for food safety testing. Unsafe or improper handling, such as with the use of unclean or reusable storage crates, can result in microbial contamination, which is expected to boost segmental demand over the projected time period.

The others sub-segment is set to grow at a steady CAGR through the estimated timeframe owing to increasing incidences of contamination observed in different food items. Other foods include raw food materials, such as grains, coffee, and spices, among others. These food categories are typically contaminated with pesticides and toxins, especially mycotoxins, which is speculated to further drive market demand over the analysis time period.