The Woolam Gin in the US has been awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard certification. This makes it the first certified US organic cotton gin utilizing Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system, which provides a single platform to tag, test, and track the organic cotton fibers throughout a certified supply chain.
The GOTS standard provides a chain of custody assurance covering cotton processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of home and apparel textiles made with organic fiber. The standard prohibits the use of toxic inputs during the processing stages and includes strong labor protections, including prohibitions on child labor. As of January 2017, more than 1.4 million workers in more than 4,600 facilities in over 60 countries were certified under GOTS.
Woolam Gin is a third-generation family operated cotton gin. In 1991, it became the first gin in the United States to gin organic cotton. It is committed to processing cotton of the highest standard.
Applied DNA offers molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics. It provides innovative, molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion.