Ingredient Authentication broadly comprises of identity testing of ingredients as claimed by manufacturers. It essentially involves testing whether the ingredients that the manufacturer claims are actually there in the food product.
Government regulations often require the natural products to be tested for product integrity and authentication of ingredients for nutritional content, to repeatedly check for adulterations. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) often requires many botanical and herbal products to be tested for Placebo Effect, while regular government authorities like FDA check for allopathic drugs and functional foods. These regulations are key drivers for repeated testing procedures and hence, will drive the demand for the Ingredient Authentication Testing market.
Ingredient Authentication testing laboratories and in-house laboratories at the food or ingredient manufacturing facilities are the main places where the ingredient authentication testing is done.