Donau Soja is a product of controlled origin and quality. It has two essential characteristics: The soya originates from the Danube Region (European origin), and the soya beans and the products derived from them are non-GM. In addition, the following requirements apply:

  • compliance with EU regulations concerning the use of pesticides in soya bean cultivation
  • compliance with EU-wide and international regulations on labour and social rights
  • no development of new agricultural land for Donau Soja soya production if this would result in the loss of national and international nature reserves, forests or moors
  • Donau Soja soya cultivation is limited to land that was designated for agricultural use no later than 1 January 2008

The countries and regions of origin for Donau Soja are defined in both political and geographical terms.

The following countries and regions belong to the Donau Soja soya cultivation areas:

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany (Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg), Hungary, Italy (Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Piemont, Vallée d'Aoste), Moldova, Poland (Dolnoslaskie, Opolskie, Slaskie, Swietokrzyskie, Podkarpackie, Malopolske), Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine (Uschgorod, Tschernowzy, Winniza, Odessa, Lwow, Ternopol, Chmelnizkij, Iwano-Frankovsm).

Donau Soja soya is derived from GM-free cultivation using GM-free soya bean varieties either listed in the EU common catalogue of plant varieties or in the respective national catalogue of plant varieties. Farmers producing Donau Soja are not allowed to grow any other GM crop either. Animal feed with the quality label "Donau Soja" shall be approved for use with livestock, the products of which can subsequently be marketed with the quality label "Ohne Gentechnik hergestellt"/"Produced without GMOs".

GM-free labelling under the Donau Soja programme shall be based on the production, inspection and labelling guidelines as established by the Austrian ARGE Gentechnik-frei (Platform for GMO-Free Food Products). Hence, the underlying legal provision regulating the GM-free status shall be the Richtlinie zur Definition der "Gentechnikfreien Produktion" von Lebensmitteln und deren Kennzeichnung (Guideline on the Definition of "GMO-Free Production" of Food and its Labelling) published in the Austrian Food Codex (Codex Alimentarius Austriacus). Products that fulfil the requirements of the German Gentechnik-Durchführungsgesetz (EGGenTDurchfG) may, with respect to the criterion of being GM-free, also be labelled as "Donau Soja" provided that they are monitored by an independent certification body, as stipulated by the German Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik (VLOG).

Apart from the possibility of providing non-GM certifications in accordance with the Austrian Food Codex or the German VLOG, the GM-free status can also be verified, within the scope of Donau Soja inspections and certifications, by inspections conducted in compliance with the requirements and the Inspection Standard of the “Non-GM Danube Region Standard”, published in 2016.

​​​Please find here the Donau Soja Standard.​