The Specialty Food Expo Visits Montreal on their Tour

The Canadian Specialty Food Expo will be visiting Montreal this upcoming September 23-24, 2016! With research showing that 1 in 6 Canadians are gluten intolerant the need for resources for the community is growing. 

Brought to you by GF Events Ltd., Canada’s largest gluten free, and specialty food events producer, this fun, tasty, and informative event the perfect place to visit for community members living with special dietary needs and food allergies. Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of products while learning from leading experts in: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Diabetic Friendly, and low FODMAP diets.

To ensure everyone is taken care of, the Specialty Food Expo is divided into 3 exciting areas:

  • Features Gluten Free products carefully selected to meet gluten free safety regulations in addition to other dietary needs. 
  • Features non-Gluten Free products that are Dairy Free, Soy Free, Diabetic Approved, and / or Low FODMAP
  • Visit the stage for live demonstrations and educational sessions for local experts.

 

Where:

  • Place Bonaventure, 800, de La Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal

When:  

  • September 23: 11:00 – 7:00
  • September 24: 9:00 – 5:00

Cost:  

  • Entrance is by donation (non-perishable food item, or cash) to either Moisson Montréal, the Québec Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association, or the Fondation Québécoise de la maladie coeliaque. Which charity your donation goes to, and amount of the donation is your choice when attending this fun community event.  Even a dollar can help.  Learn, discover, sample, and save on products while making a positive difference in your community.

For a full list of speakers, topics, and session descriptions, please visit: http://expospecialitesalimentaires.ca/programme-de-la-scene/

Professionals consist of: 

  • Janice Cohen, Registered Dietitian
  • Judy Campbell, Registered Dietitian
  • Valérie Marcil, Assistant Research Professor of Nutrition at the University of Montreal

CCA News Release

Canadian Celiac Association standardizes post-diagnosis follow-up for Canadians with celiac disease

Following several months of research, discussions and consultations, the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is celebrating 2016 Celiac Disease Awareness Month with the unveiling of a detailed algorithm to be distributed to all family doctors across Canada. With awareness and understanding of celiac disease varying greatly within the medical community, the result until now has been a hodgepodge of treatment and follow-up plans that leads to confusion and, in many cases, continued illness and suffering.

The new best practices algorithm, developed by the CCA’s Professional Advisory Council, aims to bridge this gap by clearly outlining the diagnosis and follow-up regimen for a Canadian with celiac disease.

"We hear it all too often," says Anne Wraggett, president of the CCA. "Some doctors give the patient their diagnosis and simply send them on their way. Others recognize the need to monitor vitamin and mineral absorption levels, watch out for bone density problems, and be aware of the connection between celiac disease and other serious disorders such as type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease."

"This is all about creating a standardized regimen, based as much as possible on evidence-based medicine," adds Sue Newell, operations manager for the CCA. “We hope that this will lead to a consistent approach among all medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, gastroenterologists and other medical professionals. We need everyone 'singing from the same songbook' on this, so those diagnosed with celiac disease get the support
they need."

Medical professionals, patients and others can easily download the best practices algorithm from the CCA website (http://www.celiac.ca/?page_id=3835). Our popular website receives millions of hits each year and contains up-to- date scientific information and details of the CCA’s programs to support all Canadians with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for the roughly two million Canadians who are adversely affected by gluten, and we are dedicated to improving diagnosis rates and quality of life.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact the CCA at 1-800-363-7296 or info@celiac.ca.

Media contacts

Sue Newell, Operations Manager – 1-800-363-7296 / Sue.Newell@celiac.ca

Anne Wraggett, President – 1-800-363-7296

Website of the CCA: www.celiac.ca

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. As a result, the body is unable to absorb nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. An estimated 1% of Canadians are affected by celiac disease, and an estimated additional 5% of Canadians suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is an intolerance rather than anautoimmune disease but nevertheless requires a gluten-free diet.

Symptoms of celiac disease can include gastrointestinal distress, migraines, fatigue, extremely itchy skin rashes and more, or there may be no overt symptoms at all. For celiacs to continue to ingest gluten puts them at risk of serious associated medical conditions – such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, infertility and malnutrition.

Major Update to our Restaurant Guides

We have just published our latest major update to our Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurant First-Step Guides!  There are two guides - one for Montreal, Lavel, and the Montérégie, and for the other regions in the province.  We have come across quite a number of new restaurants which have gluten-free options.  Also, a few have moved, and a few in our previous revisions have closed.

Tp get these guides, go to the Restaurants page.

Canadian Celiac Association 2016 National Conference

The Canadian Celiac Association 2016 National Conference will be held this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland from June 24th to 27th.  This is always such an informative and worthwhile event. All members are welcome to attend!  To register, go to our National website.  This year your chapter will be represented by Margaret Duthie as President and by Judy Campbell, dietitian and member of our Chapter Professional Advisory Council.