FSMA Snags Unlikely to Impair Food Safety Diagnostics Market Growth

FSMA Snags Unlikely to Impair Food Safety Diagnostics Market Growth

The rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the United States remains plagued by significant legislator and stakeholder opposition and the latter’s inability to submit comments to regulators. Small farms and minor food producers are critical of their requirement under the law to implement more extensive procedural safeguards and routine testing. Already delayed, complete implementation of the FSMA must await the conclusion of extended comment periods (recently closed in late November for some produce and preventative controls rules; March 2014 for Environmental Impact Statement rules), which may also invite substantial rules revision.

Challenges and delays to FSMA implementation are not expected by Kalorama Information to impair projected food safety diagnostics market growth; prior or ongoing implementation of HACCP and other testing-reliant control programs in food processing and other intensive food industries in anticipation of the FSMA will ensure U.S. market growth. Increasing scrutiny over and greater regulation of food imports likewise will encourage greater investment in food safety testing in the United States and abroad.

 If enacted, farm produce testing will represent at best an ancillary demand add-on for food safety diagnostics. The more onerous requirements under FSMA for small farms and producers would rely on environmental sampling, including routine water testing, or products outside the scope of food safety testing. More relevant food safety diagnostics drivers - veterinary drug testing, food import oversight programs, industry HACCP adoption - are unlikely to be impeded as they interface with larger stakeholders such as food processors, corporate farms and distributors.

A recently proposed FSMA rule extending preventative control requirements to pet food manufacturing bears further attention, as HACCP or similar plan adoption in such facilities would rely upon the same pathogen diagnostic products used in the food industry.

For insights, analysis and projections of the food safety diagnostics market, consult Kalorama Information’s report Food Safety Diagnostics, The World Market.