Food Pathogens Testing Market trends are anticipated to record a positive trajectory from 2023 to 2032, primarily owing to the implementation of strict food policy regulations. For instance, in June 2022, the FDA had finalized seven crucial rules, which ensure specific actions to avoid contamination in both human and animal food items.

In addition, foodborne illnesses are one of the leading concerns in the food industry. According to the CDC, approximately 1 in every six people, or 48 million people, get infected by foodborne pathogens every year in the US. Among them, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 succumb to death. To lessen and eradicate the prevalence of foodborne diseases, pathogen testing is being increasingly conducted across various industry verticals.

Moreover, the need for pathogen testing is significantly rising in the food industry as, at present, there are 31 recognized bacteria and viruses that cause pathogens and several other unknown agents that result in foodborne illnesses.

Furthermore, intense R&D initiatives being carried out in this niche will also drive the market demand. For instance, in August 2022, a study by the researchers of Penn State University revealed that pulsed light technology can be used to remove multiple harmful pathogens from food items. The innovative technique shows promise as an efficient substitute to the heat, chemical, and water-based antimicrobial technologies used in the food industry.

Overall, the food pathogens testing industry is segmented in terms of contaminant, manufacturing method, grade, and region.

Based on the contaminant, listeria segment is anticipated to grow at more than 7.5% CAGR through 2032. The segmental growth will be primarily driven by the rising cases of diarrhea among children due to the consumption of dairy products, in line with the surging intake of refrigerated food products. As per the WHO statistics, there are approximately 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhoeal disease every year worldwide.

On the basis of the manufacturing method, the traditional manufacturing segment is anticipated to experience a robust growth rate by 2032. The increasing necessity to use easy testing techniques will augment the lab proficiencies and improve output, propelling the overall market expansion.

In terms of grade, the fruits & vegetables segment is slated to depict over 6.5% CAGR during 2023-2032. The surging need to test pathogens and growing cognizance towards the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables will be a key factor driving segmental growth in the coming future.

From the regional perspective, the North America food pathogens testing industry is anticipated to be valued at USD 3.5 billion by 2032. The increasing prevalence of foodborne infections and rising awareness among consumers regarding foodborne infections will positively impact the food pathogen testing market in the North American economies.