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Aug 12, 2012

Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing


The goal of BCC Research’s updated report, Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing, is to provide an in-depth analysis and forecast of the large and dynamic market for food contaminant testing. Also covered are global technology developments in food testing. There have been dramatic increases in the volume and variety of FDA and USDA regulated food imports arriving at U.S. ports. In fact, the market value of imported agricultural products has increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% for the last five years. The annual value of imported agricultural products now exceeds $105 billion. Domestic testing concerns as well as this rapidly growing international trade in food has stimulated the demand for more food safety testing in the U.S. and has led to technological innovation in areas such as rapid testing and new test technologies such as biosensors.

The United States now trades with more than 150 countries with food products coming into more than 300 U.S. ports. In the last decade, the number of food “entry lines” has tripled. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, approximately 15% of the overall U.S. food supply by volume is now imported. However, in certain food categories, a much higher percentage is imported. For example, approximately 60% of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S. are imported, which fills the gap when U.S. domestic production is inadequate or out of season (e.g., bananas, tropical fruits, etc.). Thirty-nine percent of the fruits and nuts are imported. And, imports of seafood have risen from less than 50% of U.S. seafood consumption in 1980 to an estimated 85% in 2012.

The objectives of this technical/marketing study include the following:
  • Quantify the market for testing by specific contaminant.
  • Discuss the development and marketing of food safety testing technologies.
  • Describe market trends for the various testing technologies in terms of how each test satisfies the needs of food processors and, in turn, consumers.
  • Identify new technologies and analyze patent activity.
  • Analyze the now sizable expenditures in government food safety testing and the market effect of government regulatory programs.
  • Pinpoint market conditions for targeted food-processing industries.
  • Examine and profile the most active suppliers of food safety testing products and how they respond to market demands.

Various forces promote or hamper the growth of the domestic food-safety testing market. Of particular note is the steady flow of media, watchdog, academic and regulatory reports documenting contaminated foods that have led to illness and death. These reports have continually underscored the vulnerability of the U.S. food supply. That vulnerability creates a continuing need for food processors to deliver safe products, which creates a corresponding need for more advanced and more extensive testing procedures. The advent of tainted imports, the threat of bioterrorism, and the emergence of new contaminant strains also necessitate an evaluation of the market. Finally, regulatory intervention, and mandates in this sector are substantial and growing. Of particular note, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 was signed into law in January 2011 by President Obama. Based on all these dynamics, Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing evaluates market conditions and explores technological advancements.

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Published: August 2012
No. of Pages: 295
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This BCC Research report should serve as a valuable basic reference and technology summary for companies interested in entering or expanding their presence in the food-safety testing market. The comprehensive report consolidates a range of indu­strial, academic, trade, and technical information that should aid food processors in selecting the best technology to screen for a specific contaminant and keeping current with today’s marketplace. Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing should provide senior marketing personnel and executive planners with insight about contaminants, testing procedures for them, and the foods affected. The market projections and identification of new technologies will also be of interest to venture capitalists interested in exploring commercialization opportunities and companies and personnel involved in designing and constructing ingredient manufacturing plants and/or those that service the plants. In addition, the report will be a key source for the novice reader, who desires to understand how market pressures and technology interact in the food-safety testing industry.


Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing organizes information from diverse sources and market segments into a cohesive unit that includes summary, overview, technologies, contaminants tested, foods tested, industry structure, international aspects, patent activity, and company market shares, annual revenues, and profiles. Market measurements/estimates and forecasts are provided for the U.S. markets, and key market dynamics of other major global markets are discussed and their possible effects analyzed. The summary encapsulates the market conclusions and includes a table summarizing the overall U.S. market. The overview provides general information on contaminants and their sources and effects, testing technologies, foods tested, testing sites, and regulatory influences. The following four technology sections detail current and projected (2012 to 2017) market values for contaminants tested, testing technologies, foods tested, and products tested. The industry structure and competitive aspects section discusses the domestic market environment, strategies, and driving forces, while the international aspects section provides general information on the global market. The patent activity section examines 253 patents issued from 2008 through May 2012 and breaks them down into various categories. The company market shares and profiles provide summaries of the leading industry participants and give their estimated annual revenues and market shares. Norovirus microbial contamination costs are excluded from this report because a) noroviruses are instances of contamination due to hygiene right at point of preparation (i.e., fecal-oral is usual route); b) current detection methods are not in routine use but rather used in laboratory studies or medical evaluations/testing.


The data found in Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing were obtained from telephone interviews, academic and trade journals, patents, company reports including SEC filings, press releases, relevant technical, medical, and product literature, and voluminous government documents and regulatory requirements germane to food-safety testing.

This information has been used to estimate U.S. market values, which are based on the number of testing instruments sold multiplied by an average manufacturer’s per-test price. The market values have been rounded to the nearest million dollars in most cases. The information has also been used to formulate compound annual growth rates (CAGRs). Where precise information was not available, a consensus was made using a formulation of reasonable assumptions and estimates based on historical data. In this report, the 2011 U.S. market value serves as a base for making estimates for 2012 and projections for 2017.


The author of this report, Project Analyst Kevin Gainer, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in quantitative economic analysis and technology forecasting and has more than 25 years of economic, industry intelligence, and market research experience. He is the author of six published books and dozens of technical papers, analyses, and studies published in conference proceedings, including many unpublished proprietary analyses within corporations. He has worked as a Research Editor and Project Analyst at BCC Research since 1985, and has authored numerous BCC technology market research reports and periodicals.