Sustainable Growth Opportunities in the Mycotoxin Testing Market

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 2025″, size is projected to reach USD 1,337 million by 2025, which was estimated at USD 946 million in 2020; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2020. The market is driven by factors such as implementation of stringent regulatory compliance on mycotoxin detecton, growth in international trade that will lead to increase in testing on both souring and destination place of the goods, and increasing consumers awareness for certification of products for different toxins and food & feed born mycotoxins. Also, rising humid atmospheric condition leading to an increase in mycotoxin has been driving the growth of this market.

The mycotoxin testing market includes major Tier I and II suppliers like SGS, Eurofins, Bureau Veritas, Intertek, ALS Limited, Neogen, AsureQuality, Microbac Labratories Inc., Romer Labs, Smbio Alliance Labrotaries, OMIC USA Inc, and Merieux Nutrascience. These serivc poviders have their facilities spread across various countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, South America, and RoW. Though COVID-19 has impacted their businesses as well, there is no significant impact on the global operations of their mycotoxin testing services. The international trade barriers, closure of restaurants, hotels, and live animal markets, supply chain hindrances, consumption patterns of livestock-based products were considered to be moderately significant, which has disrupted the market for myctoxin testing.

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With the introduction of stringent regulations, Europe is estimated to be the largest market during the forecast period.

The mycotoxin market in Europe is driven by the introduction of stringent regulations pertaining to the mycotoxin testing in food as well as feed. According to Europa, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) collects and evaluates occurrence data on mycotoxins in food and feed. It also prepares guidance for applicants on how to conduct the safety and efficacy assessment of feed additives that help to reduce the contamination of feed by mycotoxins. Increasing awareness about the effects of myctoxin in food and feed products has lead to increased demand and concerns for certification details over products, this is projected to contribute to the market growth.

This report includes a study on the marketing and development strategies, along with a study on the service portfolios of the leading companies. It includes the profiles of leading companies such as 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).

The food mycotoxin testing segment is projected to be the largest market during the forecast period.

The food segment is estimated to account for a largest market share during the forecast period, as mycotoxins cannot be destroyed by conventional food processing techniques and have toxin effects in humans after consumption such as immunosuppression, irritable skin, birth defects, and neurotoxicity. International trade mandates also call for more testing to be conducted on food products. Genotyping techniques have helped scientists in the identification of mycotoxin-producing fungi. Mycotoxins in food lead to significant economic losses and impacts the international trade as well as the health of humans.

The aflatoxin segment is estimated to witness the fastest growth in the mycotoxin testing during the forecast period.

Mycotoxin prevalence is a problem growing worldwide as fungi can grow in various climatic conditions. Thus, proper testing of such contaminants at every stage of the supply chain is required to avoid foodborne diseases. Aflatoxins are considered one of the most dangerous types among the group of mycotoxins present in food and feed. It is produced by the fungi–Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. This concern has lead to grow aflatoxin segment at the fastets growth rate. The mild to life-threatening disorders associated with aflatoxin contamination, birth defects among infants, chronic diarrhea, and immunosuppression. Aflatoxins are potent carcinogens and could lead to cases of liver cancer, these are the factors creating an opportunity for the growth of the aflatoxin testing market.

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Driver: Implementation of stringent regulations related to mycotoxin detection

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.

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.