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AMSTERDAM – A total of 21 laboratories worldwide have now been approved to carry out a global test for the presence of genetically modified (GM) cotton throughout the organic cotton value chain.

Seven more labs have successfully passed a proficiency test to carry out testing for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in cottonseed, leaf, fibre and chemically unprocessed fibre-derived materials in the last year.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) and Textile Exchange, who partnered in 2019 to develop the ISO IWA 32:2019 proficiency test, declared it a "new milestone".

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