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Applied Sciences partner Woolam Gin bags GOTS certificate
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Aug '17
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., provider of molecular technologies forsupply chain security, anti-counterfeiting, and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics, has announced that its ginning partner, the Woolam Gin, in Texas, has been awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certificate.

Woolam Gin is the first certified US organic cotton gin utilising Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system, which provides a single platform to tag, test, and track the organic cotton fibres throughout a certified supply chain. According to Control Union Certifications, a global certification body, Woolam Gin is 100 per cent compliant with all standards and requirements for the GOTS v5.0 audit. Those standards and requirements examine the high level environmental criteria for processing organics, as well as socially responsible manufacturing practices. The GOTS certification coupled with USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) certification for organically grown cotton is the highest possible measurement standard.

Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA said, “Applied DNA is proud to partner with Woolam Gin to integrate molecular tagging. SigNature T assures that the organic cotton grown and ginned in Texas is not blended with other cottons from different origins or with non-organic cotton, thereby remaining pure throughout the supply chain, all the way to the consumer.”

Hayward said, “The tagging of organic cotton evidences Applied DNA’s growing entrenchment in the US cotton industry. Participating in the supply chain of certified organic cotton now sets the precedent for our participation in other certified organic supply chains, providing the assurance that both the manufacturers and consumers demand.”

The GOTS standard provides chain of custody assurance covering cotton processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of home and apparel textiles made with organic fibre. The standard prohibits the use of toxic inputs during the processing stages and includes strong labour protections, including prohibitions on child labour. As of January 2017, more than 1.4 million workers were in more than 4,600 facilities in over 60 countries certified under GOTS.

Kendall Harris, manager of Woolam Gin said, “We are committed to a ginning process that authenticates our Texas organic cotton at its source. Woolam Gin is pleased to partner with Applied DNA and Control Union to complete our GOTS certification. This was a huge step and it is an honour to become the first GOTS v5.0 certified gin in the US.” (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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