1.1 Definition and scope of study
Food safety, or food security, is the assurance that the food consumed is safe and of good quality, and is not likely to cause harm to consumers. This concept is still very present in the daily lives of the French, particularly because of the health crises that have taken place in recent years, such as the milk crisis (2017), the contaminated eggs crisis (2017) or the horse meat scandal (2013).
Food safety is therefore a public health issue and as such is largely controlled by the public authorities who are responsible for it, through agencies such as the Directorate General for Food, the National Agency for Health and Safety or the Directorate General for Fraud Control.
The EGAlim law, voted and promulgated in 2018, has further emphasized the importance of food security in France, placing this concept at the heart of the debates and political issues of the coming years.
1.2 The fast-growing global market
In ****, the global market for food safety analysis was estimated at nearly $** billion, with an average annual growth rate of *.*% over the period ****-****. [***]
The market is still highly concentrated around a small number of countries. Indeed, in ****, the United States accounted for more than a quarter of the world ...
1.3 The domestic market
Based on the figures cited above and on the assumption that France's share of the global food security market remained stable between **** and ****, it can be estimated that the French market was worth more than $*** million in ****. Also based on this assumption of stability over the last five years, the following ...
2.1 The increase in the number of food service establishments and food retailers increases the demand for controls
Catering establishments (***) account for a large proportion of food health controls in France; as such, the increase in the number of establishments operating in this sector is driving up the demand for controls.
Thus, the following NAF codes relating to the commercial or collective catering activity are considered:
**A: Traditional ...
2.2 Consumer confidence in the purchase or consumption of foodstuffs
French confidence in what they consume is also one of the other main drivers of demand for food safety controls.
Thus, **% of French people declare that they trust French agricultural products, and **% trust them completely. However, a total of **% of French people have little or no confidence in these products.
3.1 The Importance of Public Agencies in the Food Safety Marketplace
Responsibility for food safety in France is shared between different public bodies:
The French Food Safety Agency (***): AFSSA is responsible for the scientific part of food safety in France. The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (***), which monitors market safety in general, but also more specifically legislation on ...
3.2 Laboratory testing and bioanalysis companies
In addition to these laboratories declared as reference laboratories, many other companies market solutions for health controls or health self-checks. Among the main players are Mérieux Nutrisciences, Eurofins Scientific and Carso.
These enterprises are grouped under activity code NAF ** .**B, entitled "Technical analysis, testing and inspection". This activity code includes ...
3.3 Stakeholders in food safety solutions
Finally, the last type of player that should be highlighted in this food safety market are the actors of food safety solutions. Thus, it is not the companies and laboratories that carry out the controls, but the companies that propose and install various solutions allowing catering, sales or food processing establishments ...
4.1 Food controls in France by type of establishment
As reported by the Court of Auditors in its February **** report on food safety control, the number of controls carried out by public bodies has decreased overall. In particular, controls in distribution and catering establishments fell by -**% between **** and ****. In this sector, the coverage rate (***) thus reaches a very low ...
4.2 Origin and quality labels
Origin and quality labels, as previously mentioned, are one of the main levers of consumer confidence in food products. In France, the nomenclature of labels is managed by the INAO (***). [***]
Today there are * distinct labels:
The designation of origin (***) This label designates a product whose production respects recognised stages and know-how, ...
4.3 Supply side trends: new technologies for food safety and traceability
In ****, Mérieux Nutrisciences invested in the start-up Crystalchain (***), developing a new offer for using blockchain and data for food traceability. The two companies aim at total market transparency as to the origin of food via complete information accessible at any time by consumers.
The advantages of this new offer are ...
5.1 The main principles of food hygiene in France
All foodstuffs are subject to the general provisions of the Consumer Code in terms of compliance (***).
Several regulations establish the legislative basis for food hygiene in France :
Regulation No ***/**** on the general principles and requirements of food law [***] Regulation ***/**** on the hygiene of foodstuffs [***] Regulation ***/**** which lays down specific rules for ...
5.2 Food safety in the EGA Elim Act
The EGAlim law, or Law for the balance of trade relations in the agricultural sector and a healthy and sustainable food, voted on October *, **** and promulgated on October *, **** er november ****.
The objectives of this Act are as follows:
Boosting value creation in agriculture and agri-foodstuffs and ensuring its proper distribution Enabling ...
6.1 Segmentation of players
- Ecolab SNC (France)
- Siliker (groupe Mérieux Nutrisciences)
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