The report "Food Safety Testing Market By Contaminants (Pathogen, GMO, Toxin, Pesticide, Others), Technology (Traditional & Rapid), Food Types (Meat & Poultry, Dairy, Fruit & Vegetable, Processed Food, Others) & Geography - Global Trends Forecast to 2018," analyzes the global food safety testing market with respect to global revenue and volume for food safety testing. Trends, opportunities and challenges for global food safety are also described.

The global food safety testing market has grown in large part to increased numbers of outbreaks of foodborne illness caused by consumption of contaminated food. Worldwide, various regulations and standards have been implemented to assure the safety of manufactured food. Food safety testing is performed at every stage of the food supply chain, and globalization of the food supply trade and increasing consumer awareness on food safety has been driving the testing market.

In 2012, this market was dominated by pathogen testing, as most of the food recalls in the U.S. during this time were due to Salmonella contamination. Vendors of testing services have focused on the application of rapid testing methods that provide quick and accurate results.

The global food safety testing market is projected to grow from $9,262.3 million in 2012 to $14,030.2 million by 2018. In 2012, North America was the largest food safety testing market with 40% of market share, and meat and poultry accounted for 28% of the global food safety testing market. Additionally, rapid testing methods were dominated by PCR-based methods, followed by immunoassay-based methods. The major vendors plan to focus on new products and services, as well as expanding of their business segments to maintain a prime position in the market.