Food Safety Magazine

News | June 27, 2013

Food Micro, Eighth Edition: Microbiology Testing in the Global Food Industry

By Staff


New market research detailing food microbiology testing around the world is available from Strategic Consulting, Inc., a leading information resource for food safety and industrial diagnostics companies. Food Micro, Eighth Edition: Microbiology Testing in the Global Food Industry (Food Micro—8) tracks and compares microbiology test volumes, market values and methods used in North America, Europe and Asia, and forecasts future volumes and market values through to 2018.

According to Food Micro—8, the global food industry will conduct 966.5 million microbiology tests in 2013 to ensure the safety of food products and detect dangerous pathogens in food. The report provides detailed breakdowns by microorganisms, food segments (meat, dairy, fruit/vegetable and processed foods) and geographic regions, and summarizes key trends and concerns in microbiology testing in food production facilities around the world. The data is based on primary research interviews with more than 450 food producers in 19 countries, including the U.S., China and India.

Microbiology testing practices by food producers around the world vary extensively, according to Tom Weschler, president of Strategic Consulting and lead author of Food Micro—8. “The world’s food chain is becoming increasingly complex, with food shipments across borders growing at a very fast pace. Food safety officers for food companies using raw materials from around the world need to understand those variations, and establish expectations and practices with their suppliers and within their plants to ensure the safety of their food products,” Weschler said.

In the U.S., imported food now represents 15-20% of all food consumed. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), total imports have increased 7% per year since 1999. In the past ten years, imports of animal-based foods have increased by 5% and plant-based foods have grown more than 8%.

Strategic Consulting’s research shows a continued increase in worldwide microbiology test volumes over the last 15 years. Total test volumes have increased 128%, and testing for specific foodborne pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli grew at an even faster rate. In 1998, pathogen testing represented just 13.7% of total food microbiology tests conducted, while today pathogen testing represents 23.2% of all such tests.

Food Micro—8 is based on detailed interviews conducted by Strategic Consulting and integrated into its database of food microbiology diagnostics trends and practices, which has been built, analyzed and published in eight market research reports over the last 15 years. Delivering both extensive new data and a detailed historical perspective, Strategic Consulting market research reports are widely accepted by leading diagnostic manufacturers and investors as highly credible analyses of the industry.

For more information about Food Micro, Eighth Edition: Microbiology Testing in the Global Food Industry (Food Micro—8) visit http://www.Strategic-Consult.com.