Globally, animal food product consumption has been growing steadily. Also, the awareness among people regarding safety of these food products is increasing. This is due to the outbreak of food borne illness and diseases due to contaminated food that is food poisoning.
Various regulations and standards have been implemented worldwide to assure the safety of the manufactured food. Safety testing is performed at every stage in the food supply chain. In 2014, this market was dominated by pesticide testing followed by pathogen testing, as pesticides are used in modern agricultural practices for the protection of plants from unwanted pests and weeds. So, the residues of pesticides in the food from plant origins have been an increasing concern for consumers worldwide. The vendors of testing services have focused on the application of rapid testing methods that provide quick and accurate results.
Among the various factors responsible for food contamination, improper handling of food, contaminated input food materials and inadequate treatment/processing of food that destroys contaminants are the major factors. The global meat and poultry safety testing market involves testing food for various pathogens like Salmonella, Escherichia Coli, Pseudomonas and so on and for various toxins like Furans, Dioxin Like Compounds (DLC’s) and others.
The global meat & poultry safety testing market is estimated to reach $15.5 billion by 2020. North America holds the major share of global meat & poultry safety testing market. High standards and increasingly stringent regulations for food safety are some of the reasons driving the global meat & poultry safety testing market in this region. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region in this market. Growing population has resulted in increased demand for food. Growing awareness among people regarding food safety is one of the major driving factors of this region. Introduction of new technologies and international laws for food safety are some of the driving factors for global meat and poultry safety testing market.