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Contamination in cotton arouses concern
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Feb '08
A study made by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation revealed that nearly 22 percent of the raw cotton sold in the last two years was either seriously or moderately contaminated by foreign particles. This of course is a bad news for spinners who are likely to incur losses if remedial measures are not taken during future production.

The survey was done on the basis of data provided by 114 spinning mills in more than 22 countries and examined about 72 cotton crops of which 7 percent were found contaminated by matters like leaves, feathers, paper and leather.

The mills are now faced with the enormous task of either decontaminating or discarding the cotton which could otherwise damage the manufacturing machineries. Reports uncovered that the most contaminated cotton grows in India, Togo, Turkey, Mali and Uzbekistan.

Besides, the presence of sticky cotton is also causing concerns for cotton producers across the globe. Sticky cotton, which can gum up processing machinery, is essentially caused by feeding insects depositing entomological sugars on the plants, or it may be produced by the cotton plant itself.

Additionally, seed-coat fragments found in cotton plants is another area of consideration. Producers now need to be extra cautious both while growing and ginning cotton because any sort of contamination can lead to a revoking of export orders causing immense loss to the country.

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