Oeko-Tex launches GMO test for organic cotton

A new test from Oeko-Tex is helping companies throughout the supply chain test their organic products for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

To qualify as organic and to be marketed as such, cotton must meet a comprehensive list of criteria governing the cultivation, processing and segregation of the cotton. One major requirement is that the cotton plants cannot be genetically modified.

The new GMO test by Oeko-Tex provides a straightforward manner to test for genetically modified organisms in organic cotton.

vides a straightforward manner to test for genetically modified organisms in organic cotton. Samples are analysed using RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) technology, which can identify known genetically modified materials at a limit of 0.1%. Test results clearly indicate whether these GMOs were detected or not. Organic cotton products seeking Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification will be required to undergo GMO testing.

Georg Dieners, Oeko-Tex general secretary, said: “We learned in our ‘The Key To Confidence’ study that consumers who buy eco-friendly clothing and home textiles are likely to verify claims.

“The new GMO testing gives manufacturers and marketers confidence that their organic cotton products meet regulatory and consumer expectations with regards to GMOs as well as the independent, traceable documentation to prove it.”

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