Rising incidences of food borne ailments across the world has a major role to play in the growing demand for the global food testing and certification market. Government regulations aiming to curb contamination in terms of harmful or culturally inappropriate ingredients have resulted in the establishment of numerous certifications, by regulatory bodies across the world.
These may include Safe Quality Food Certification, International Organization for Standardization, British Consortium Standard, Kosher Certification, Halal Certification, and International Food Standard among others. The rise in international trade of food in recent years is expected to result in a rise in the demand for such certifications for the foreseeable future.
In addition, the rising consumption of convenience and processed foods is also projected to contribute towards the growth of the food testing and certification market. Other key influencers that have the potential to change relevant regulations can include factors such as:
- Rampant incidences of adulteration, inaccurate labelling, and contamination play a major role in the development of food safety standards around the globe. This is supported by consumer preference for organic and natural food items and the strong demand for labeling about origin, and processing methods, with the aim of improving health value of end food products.
- Certifications for organic food is gaining importance as these items are widely considered to be cultivated in eco-friendly manner, as organic farming reduces the leaching of nutrition from the soil, while boosting the quality of the soil. This is especially true of the Asia Pacific excluding Japan region, which is largely based on countries that are reliant on agrarian economies.
Consumers in North America and Europe are turning towards the trend of locally produced foods, and minimally processed items. This trend has a higher risk of cross contamination, and minimal awareness about food safety. The high costs of getting food certified is also expected to hamper the growth of the food testing and certification market in the regions for the foreseeable future. Also minimal processing, direct-from-farm products are expected to restrict market growth.
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