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Eurofins’ Organic Cotton ID Services Gains Global Testing Recognition

Eurofins Softlines & Leather and Eurofins GeneScan announced that its Organic Cotton Identification Services division has received global recognition for organic cotton testing.

GeneScan’s GMO testing for cotton products, which forms one part of the Organic Cotton Identification Services, successfully passed the first-of-its-kind ISO/ IWA 32:2019 standard “Screening of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in cotton and textiles” proficiency test organized by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) and Textile Exchange.

The ISO/ IWA 32:2019 is the world-recognized standard for GMO testing in the cotton supply chain developed by GOTS, OCA and Textile Exchange. Eurofins GeneScan, a GMO-testing laboratory located in Freiburg, Germany, participated in the initial workshop for this standard, using the valuable insights and experience they had gained in GMO analysis of cotton and textiles over several years.

For cotton to be regarded as organic, it is necessary to verify the use of conventional non-GMO lines and also the absence of synthetic pesticides and hazardous chemicals in the farming practice. To provide comprehensive solutions to brands, retailers and suppliers that look for genuine organic cotton, Eurofins’ Organic Cotton Identification Services offers testing solutions for both.

GMO testing according to ISO/ IWA 32:2019 is carried out by Eurofins GeneScan, and analysis of over 200 pesticides and 250 hazardous chemicals is delivered by the Eurofins Softlines & Leather Technical Competence Center in Alicante, Spain.

Since the launch, Eurofins’ Organic Cotton Identification Services have supported customers in validating their marketing claims and protecting their brand images with a one-stop-shop service.

Testing provider Hohenstein also said this month that it was one of the 14 labs permitted to test for genetic modifications (GMOs) in organic cotton as a part of the proficiency test organized by GOTS, OCA and Textile Exchange.

Eurofins Softlines & Leather delivers comprehensive quality, safety and sustainability solutions for textiles and footwear buyers and suppliers. Through its network of 10 laboratories in Asia, Europe and U.S., with two Technical Competence Centers in Spain and the U.K., Eurofins S&L assists customers of all sizes in continuous product and supply-chain improvement.