The report “Mycotoxin Testing Market by Type (Aflatoxins, Ochratoxin, Fumonisins, Zearalenone, deoxynivalenol, Trichothecenes, Patulin), Technology (Chromatography- & Spectroscopy-Based, Immunoassay-Based), Sample (Feed & Food), and Region – Global Forecast to 2023″, The global mycotoxin testing market is estimated to be valued at USD 858 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 1,157 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 6.1%.
An increase in instances of foodborne illness due to mycotoxin contamination, growth in the need for compliance with international trade mandates, and change in atmospheric conditions are some factors driving the growth in the mycotoxin testing market.
Market Dynamics of mycotoxin Testing Market
Implementation of stringent regulations related to mycotoxin detection driving the market growth
Various government and regulatory bodies across the world have made testing of animal feed and food ingredients mandatory. The regulatory authorities do not approve animal feed for marketing, unless its safety and efficacy are proven. Such measures to prevent potential threats of contamination, chemicals, and toxic presence have been affecting the growth of the mycotoxin testing market greatly. To protect human and animal health, many countries have enacted specific regulations for mycotoxins in food and animal feed. Currently, more than 100 countries have formal mycotoxin regulations for food and feed. The mycotoxin regulations are the most stringent in the EU, where various organizations and pan-European networks contribute to combat the problems related to mycotoxin.
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In May 2006, in Kenya, an outbreak of acute aflatoxicosis was reported, where aflatoxin contamination of homegrown corn has been a recurrent problem. CDC teams worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Health for the trial of a rapid, portable aflatoxin screening tool that could be used in the field to identify contaminated corn and guide urgent corn replacement efforts during an outbreak.
The recent outbreaks and product recalls have resulted in new rules and regulations for animal feed products. In the US, FDA’s program called the Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS) has been designed for testing animal feed to protect animal and human health. There is also a growing awareness in developing countries to implement testing procedures as most of the meat products are being imported from European countries. Also, the majority of feed ingredients are produced and exported from the developing countries such as China and India. The EU has been urging its member countries to adopt uniform regulations across the region to ensure quality and safety of animal feed produced.
Lack of food control systems, infrastructure, technology, and resources in developing countries
The mycotoxin testing markets in several developing regions lack organization, sophistication, and technology. The infrastructure of food control laboratories in many developing countries is likely to be scarce due to limited resources, limited technology, and poor management. There are numerous issues related to food safety such as lack of institutional coordination, outdated technology, less expertise for execution of regulation at low levels, and lack of updated standards; all these have been constraining the market for testing. Laboratories are poorly equipped and lack suitable trained analytical staff.
Countries such as India and China are getting government assistance for finance and developing the latest technologies. The concerned regulatory bodies of these developing countries need to apply their resources for the development of infrastructure and technology enhancement. The developing countries also lack support from international agencies such as FAO, WHO, and the World Bank. The foods that are being exported from these countries are expected to comply with Codex Alimentarius standards, which result in the best-quality food material leaving the country.
Corn in Nepal is prone to contamination by trichothecenes, nivalenol, and 4-deoxynivalenol; the farmers in Nepal manage to detoxify contaminated corn by hand-sorting the visibly diseased kernels. To reduce mycotoxin risks in corn in Nepal and other developing countries plant breeding techniques are required to produce ear rot-resistant cultivars, along with education in mycotoxin risks and testing procedures through portable kits in agricultural and grain storage practices to reduce mycotoxin contamination.
Launch of advanced technologies for detecting mycotoxins
Traditional technologies include traditional visual inspection and culturing methods. The traditional culturing technologies consume more amount of time to produce results, as the time required for mycotoxin testing is crucial for the quality of food. Thus, testing laboratories are looking for a shift from conventional mycotoxin testing methods to rapid testing ones, which are efficient to generate results within a few hours. Due to the reliability of test results offered by chromatography- & spectroscopy-based technologies, ELISA technology is projected to disrupt in the coming decade. Rapid testing methods such as chromatography and spectroscopy techniques are used to ensure timely analysis of a larger sample size, and thereby offering market growth opportunities in order to reduce the time for mycotoxin testing.
Europe is projected to account for the largest market share during the forecast period
Europe accounted for share of 39.1% in 2017 in the mycotoxin testing market. The food and feed testing mycotoxin policies have been strengthened by the contributed efforts from control laboratories (CLs), national reference laboratories (NRLs), and EU reference laboratories (EURLs). The growing prevalence of Fusarium toxins, due to the changing climatic conditions, is also fueling this market.
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Key Market Players
The key players profiled in this market include SGS (Switzerland), Bureau Veritas (France), Eurofins (Luxembourg), Intertek (UK), Mérieux NutriSciences (US), ALS Limited (Australia), Neogen (US), Romer Labs (US), Symbio Laboratories (Australia), OMIC USA (US), AsureQuality (New Zealand), and Microbac (US). These companies are focusing on strategies such as new service, technology, product launches, expansions & investments, acquisitions, agreements, collaborations, mergers, and partnerships to expand their operations across the globe.