By Timothy A. Freier, Ph.D., Division VP Scientific Affairs and Microbiology, North America
According to a recent study by MarketsandMarkets Research, the global food safety testing market size was over $12.01 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $18.41 billion by 2022. This growth magnifies the need for fast, accurate analytical test results—and demand has never been greater. Increased consumer interest in food safety and quality issues, and the capability to rapidly share these issues through social media, combined with expanding regulatory initiatives such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), are increasing the importance of testing. Many food and feed manufacturers are reevaluating their options for how to conduct this critical testing as efficiently as possible. One option that is nearly always considered is setting up an in-house lab. Below are some topics to consider if you are contemplating an in-house lab.