GENEVA — A new global industry survey has found that approximately 26 percent of raw cotton sold in the past two years were seriously or moderately contaminated with foreign particles, a problem that poses a major?operational concern for the cotton-spinning industry worldwide.

The study concluded that 8 percent of all cotton evaluated was found to be seriously contaminated by 16 types of matter including leaves, feathers, paper, and inorganic matter in the form of sand or dust, up from 6 percent reported in the last survey, which is taken every two years.

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