ZURICH, Switzerland—OEKO-TEX launches new testing to detect genetically modified organisms (GMO) and certify organic cotton. The foundation says the new procedures follow a recent survey.
“We learned in our ‘The Key to Confidence’ study that consumers who buy eco-friendly clothing and home textiles are likely to verify claims,” says Georg Dieners, general secretary at OEKO-TEX. “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.”
Released in the fall of 2017, the organization’s “The Key to Confidence” study explores concerns voiced by consumers like the existence of harmful materials in textiles. The study pulls data from more than 11,000 consumers worldwide.
The organization describes the new test as a “straightforward manner” to detect GMOs in organic cotton. Specialists use reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction technology (RT-PCR) which identifies known GMOs to a limit of .1 percent. Through this process, OEKO-TEX says it can verify if GMOs are present in cotton samples.
For more information on the new testing process, visit http://bit.ly/2v8jxqU.