Requirements FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF DONAU SOJA AND EUROPE SOYA
The Donau Soja and Europe Soya Guidelines are based on a continous certification of Donau Soja and Europe Soya products from the farm to the consumer. Certification of the participating partners by external certification bodies (which have been approved by Donau Soja Organisation) begins with the primary agricultural collector and ends at the marketer. All operations upstream of the soya bean farmer (such as agricultural collectors, traders, primary processors, compound feed producers, animal keepers, food processors or marketers) participating in the Donau Soja and Europe Soya programme have to conclude an inspection contract with a certification body recognised by Donau Soja Organisation in order to be certified. Certification is not always be required for soya bean farmers (depending on the risk level); however, by signing the Declaration of Self-Commitment for farmers, compliance with the Donau Soja and Europe Soya requirements is assured.
To ensure traceability, a lot certification system is in use for trading/transportation of Donau Soja or Europe Soya soya beans from the primary agricultural collector through to the primay processor. Lot certificates are usually issued at the seller and accompany the produce to the buyer. Particular care should be taken to ensure that produce is purchased and sold with a valid lot certificate only, as otherwise the soya beans cannot be recognised as Donau Soja or Europe Soya produce. Lot certificates are only required for soya beans, not for processed soya products or compound feed.
Apart from the general requirements, the Guidelines include particular requirements for the following participants in the system:
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