Standard and certification
The Donau Soja Organisation holds three standards.
The Donau Soja and Europe Soya standards are based on ten Donau Soja and Europe Soya principles of soya bean cultivation. These principles cover the essential characteristics of “European origin and “GM-free status”, along with additional social, environmental and economic aspects, assuring non-GMO, regional and sustainable soya. A three-staged inspection system assures the compliance of soya beans, soya food and feed with the Donau Soja and Europe Soya standard along the value chain.
The Donau Soja and Europe Soya standards and their guidelines establish minimum requirements for production, processing and labelling of Donau Soja and Europe Soya soya beans and -products.
They define the regions of soya bean cultivation, non-GMO production, and include requirements for plant protection, traceability, sustainability, and the inspection system. Donau Soja Organisation monitors and audits the Donau Soja partners together with authorised certification bodies.
Donau Soja and Europe Soya certification is also available for organic production as additional quality aspect.
In addition to the Donau Soja and Europe Soya standards, the Donau Soja Organisation also offers the Non-GMO Danube Region Standard, which is the first regional harmonised non-GMO quality standard for food in South-East Europe. It can be considered a first step towards comprehensive sustainability certification according to Donau Soja and Europe Soya standards.
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