Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Market was worth USD 1.12 billion in 2021 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 6.13%, to reach USD1.34 billion by 2026. Food supply is under persistent threat, and there is an increasing need for realistic test products that can safeguard food safety.
Food safety testing refers to inspecting food products for bacteria, chemicals, and other hazardous materials that cause disease. Microbial pathogens like virus, bacteria, toxins, allergens, residues of drugs, and agricultural chemicals, if not tested, can be hazardous to consumers. Food fraud occurs when food is intentionally altered to deceive consumers for financial gains. The Agency for Food Standards (FSA) defines two main types of food fraud, namely the selling of unfit and potentially harmful and intentional food description.
Major factors which have helped drive the Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Market forward are-
The growth of the Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Market is mainly driven by factors like the rise in the number of foodborne illnesses, increasing need for pathogen testing, strict regulations, better consumer awareness and globalization of the food business
Corporations involved in the production and circulation of food products are directed by the respective regional supervisory bodies, to implement food safety analysis and accreditation
Furthermore, the increase in economically motivated adulterations (EMAs) due to high competition between food producers and the increase in cases of food degradation, such as adulteration, pesticides, artificial taste enhancers and certifications, boost the growth of the demand for food safety tests
The factors holding the Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Market back include-
The time taken, and the high cost of the testing procedure are the key factors restricting the growth of this market
The high incidence of foodborne disease outbreaks in several nations, including developed countries such as the United States, has led to growing concern and intense investigation of foodborne pathogens
Volatile currencies, high costs, and lack of awareness were significant limiting factors for MEA industry.
The fastest-growing GMO market is due to increased consumer understanding of GMOs in food, and efficient technological developments. Lack of information on the nutritional and health properties of GM foods leads consumers to assume that they are not safe for consumption, thereby driving the GMO testing and labeling market.
Microbiological testing is the largest part of the market due to its safety testing in almost all food products. Meat and poultry are the leading segments of the market, while processed food is the fastest-growing segment. The fast technology segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR level due to the development of testing methods, and rapid, accurate, efficient and easy-to-use features.
Geographically the Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Market is segmented into KSA, UAE, Israel, rest of GCC countries, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Sudan and Rest of MEA. In terms of revenue, South Africa is the market leader in this region. Certain major markets in the region include Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Nigeria. The industry in this area has the lowest market share due to a lack of understanding of this business.
Key Players in the Market:
Major Key Players in the MEA Food Safety Testing Market are
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