STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Applied DNA Sciences announces its cotton ginning partner, Woolam Gin has been certified the first U.S. organic textile processor by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
The O’Donnell, Texas-based Woolam uses Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system which tags, tests, and tracks organic cotton fibers through a certified supply chain. According to the global certification body Control Union Certifications, Woolam is 100 percent compliant with current GOTS audit requirements.
Companies receive the GOTS mark only after they meet a rigorous set of requirements which include specific material composition, packaging, and labeling standards. The program also reviews social criteria such as working conditions.
Woolam Gin in O'Donnell, Texas (Image courtesy Woolam/Facebook)
“In an environment where consumers are demanding more information about the origin and authenticity of their products, Applied DNA is proud to partner with Woolam Gin to integrate molecular tagging,” says Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA.
“Woolam Gin is pleased to partner with Applied DNA and Control Union to complete our GOTS certification,” states Kendall Harris, manager of Woolam Gin. “This was a huge step, and it is an honor to become the first GOTS v5.0 certified gin in the United States.”