The global food pathogen testing market size is estimated to record over $9,000 million by 2030. According to World Health Organization (WHO), food products contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, parasites, viruses, or even chemicals can cause more than 200 diseases, from diarrhea to cancers. Several food safety agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WHO, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and others are addressing foodborne outbreaks by deploying relevant guidelines and compliances for food safety.

The food pathogen testing market landscape is classified into contaminant, technology, food type, and region.

Based on contaminants, the industry is divided into campylobacter, E.Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and others. Among these, the food pathogen testing market share from listeria is estimated to reach 429 million tests by 2030, driven by the high prevalence of the bacteria in raw milk, poultry, and cattle.

Consumption of dairy products contaminated with listeria is among the leading causes of diarrhea among children. In July 2022, the FDA & CDC teamed up with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS), and the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) to investigate a recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections, which are suspected to be caused by the ice cream provided by the Big Olaf Creamery of Sarasota, Florida. While until August 2022, the CDC reported 25 foodborne illnesses caused by listeria in 11 US states.

By technology, the food pathogen testing market is bifurcated into rapid and traditional testing. Traditional technology accounted for USD 1,666.3 million of the total industry share in 2021. The segment is projected to sustain growth trends over the forecast period owing to the rising demand for user-friendly testing techniques for enhancing lab proficiencies and overall output.

With respect to food, the global food pathogen testing market is fragmented into fruits & vegetables, processed food, meat & poultry, dairy, and others. Food pathogen testing for dairy products is expected to gain momentum at over 8.1% CAGR through 2030 due to the rising consumption of dairy products such as packaged milk, cheese, butter, etc.

To ensure food safety and hygiene, various governments are introducing stringent regulatory policies compelling manufacturers to ramp up the number of tests implemented in dairy facilities.

In the regional landscape, the Middle East & Africa food pathogen testing market is poised to showcase more than 8.4% CAGR between 2022 and 2030. Recent government initiatives focused on amendments to policies for individuals and families diagnosed with foodborne illnesses will support industry growth in MEA.

In 2020, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health reported a total of 3,081 foodborne sporadic cases, 1,258 of which were observed in individuals of age 15 to 45 years. Meanwhile, 58 cases of food poisoning were reported in November 2021. High prevalence of foodborne illnesses will drive the demand for food pathogen testing across MEA.