Food Certification Market Will See Strong Expansion Through 2021
Food quality and safety is one of the major global concerns. Effective food control systems are essential to protect safety and health of consumers. Furthermore, food control systems are important for ensuring the quality and standard of food products entering international trade and also to ascertain the quality of imported food for domestic requirements. Rising awareness and growing consumer concern for protection from unwanted hazards occurring at every stage of the food chain from primary production to final consumption is stimulating the market for food certification at a global level.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have a strong interest in promoting food safety and quality measures in order to protect the consumer from unwanted health hazards. These organizations are keen on promoting food control systems with scientific guidelines and principles, which addresses all sectors of the food chain. Food safety guidelines are meant to advice national authorities on strategies to strengthen food safety and quality management systems to protect consumer health. Furthermore, these guidelines also facilitate trade, prevent fraud and deception, and avoid food adulteration.
The food products manufacturers are concentrating on strengthening its food safety and quality management system by applying food safety measures at every stage of food chain for better quality products. The certification bodies by doing surveys, audits, GAP analysis ensures the safety of the produced food products and provides certificates. Focusing on the consumers’ demand for safe quality food products in order to avoid health hazards, food producers have upgraded their food safety systems in order to strengthen their foothold in the food industry.
By type, the market can be segmented into ISO 22000, International Food Standard Safe Quality Food certification, The British Retail Consortium, Kosher certification, Halal Certification, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, The China Food and Drug Administration, The United States Department of Agriculture, The Food and Drug Administration, The European Food Safety Authority, The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety among others. Authorities such as ISO 22000, International Food Standard and Safe Quality Food certification, The British Retail Consortium, Kosher certification, Halal Certification and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India among others provide certification to various companies involved in food industry globally. Primary objective of these standards is to ensure food quality and safety along the food chain, considering the wide array of activities and identifying the degree of risk involved in food production.
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By application type, the market can be segmented into processed meat and poultry products, dairy products, infant food products, organic food, others packaged food, beverages. Due to changing eating patterns, consumers are showing preference for packaged and functional food products, which in turn is fueling the demand for certified packaged food market. Packaged food products, processed meat and poultry products, and certified dairy products are leading the food certification market. Furthermore, with growing consumer awareness demand for organic food and beverages and infant food products are expected to witness positive growth over the forecast period.
Food certification market in the developing nations such as Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to witness positive growth during the forecast period. Due to increasing disposable income and rising living standard, consumers are showing preference for quality and certified food products in order to avoid unnecessary health hazards caused by contaminated food products.
Due to the changing lifestyle and eating preferences of consumers, manufacturers have been focusing on introducing quality food. Furthermore, they are also taking special food safety measures to avoid any health issues due to consumption of unhealthy food products. Increasing demand for quality food products is driving the market for food certification at the global level.
Some of the major players operating in the food certification market are Dekra SE (Germany), Bureau Veritas (France), AsureQuality Limited (New Zealand), Underwriters Laboratories Inc (U.S.), SGS SA (Switzerland), Intertek Group plc (U.K.), Lloyd’s Register Group Limited (U.K.), TÜV SÜD AG (Germany), DNV GL Group AS (Norway), and ALS Limited (Australia) among others.