GMO Screening in Organic Cotton acc. ISO IWA32
'Organic' cotton is a claim that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not deliberately or knowingly used and that organic producers take far-reaching steps to avoid GMO contamination along the organic cotton value chain, from farmers to spinners, to brands. To manage this, it is essential that organic cotton stakeholders can reliably test their products for the potential presence of GM cotton.
In 2019, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) and Textile Exchange partnered to develop the ISO IWA 32:2019 protocol* to create a common language among laboratories worldwide to screen for the potential presence of GM cotton along the organic cotton value chain. Since the publication of this globally accepted reference protocol, qualitative GM cotton screening as per the ISO IWA 32:2019 is mandatory within the GOTS and OCS (Organic Content Standard) supply chain and OCA’s Farmer Engagement and Development programme.
TLR performed well in the GOTS proficiency test initiative organised in 2020 and we are proud of the fact that we are listed as one of the few laboratories that are able to test GMO in cotton as per IWA 32.