Thanks to Dr. Justine Dowd (University of Calgary) for her clear explanation: "Understanding Celiac Disease". She is an active health promoter, and presented her work the Canadian Celiac Association's National conference in Ottawa in June 2018. Check out a video of a recent interview:
Take a look at landmark international research findings of gluten-free and food allergy lifestyles: https://bit.ly/2udP1eb. Also included at this link is a Canadian Celiac podcast on the research findings.
CCA asks public to support changes to beer standards regulation
Health Canada has proposed changes to the composition and labelling of beer products in Canada. The change will require beer manufacturer’s to declare any food allergens, gluten and sulphites on the product label. The celiac community is strongly encouraged to show its support for the proposed changes which will make it easier to identify safe food for consumption. See a sample response. Share with your family and friends.
We are pleased to announce that Allo Cuisto is the second Montreal area restaurant to get be certified gluten-free via the Gluten Free Food Program. This certification is the sign of assurance for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. They join Boris Bistro in being certified.
They are located at: 4279, Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec (514) 675-7722
Recently Pizza Pizza added cauliflower crust pizza to their menu and state that it is gluten-free: Pizza Pizza. They are the first Canadian pizza franchise to do so but likely others will follow given the interest in cauliflower crusts in the U.S. Have you tried it yet?
Interesting story suggests the reason cauliflower crust has become so popular can be traced back to someone looking for a gluten-free alternative: How cauliflower became pizza's hottest ingredient.
CCA Sue’s Quick Fact of the Month
A note on “May Contain” labelling.
A large food retailer in Canada adds “May contain wheat” warnings to virtually all of its house brand products. Snack foods imported from some countries regularly list all 12 priority allergens on their ingredient lists. Products with a gluten-free claim also carry “may contain wheat” warnings (and this is encouraged by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). Almost all the ingredient labelling regulations in Canada are set by regulation but precautionary labels remain in the “optional” category. No wonder people are confused about the words “May contain”. See more...
Together the Canadian Celiac Association and Dietitians of Canada have recently revised the gluten free diet handout in English and French. While there are not major changes there are some changes reflecting new labeling regulations for some ingredients added to products.
Disclaimer: Independently operated Facebook pages linked to the web site of the Canadian Celiac Association’s Quebec Chapter are administered by persons who do not represent the Canadian Celiac Association’s Quebec Chapter. See more....
Many restaurants are not following the requirements set forth by Health Canada and enforced by MAPAQ (in Quebec). Therefore if you’ve become ill at a restaurant that has made a GF claim, you are encouraged to file a complaint contact with MAPAQ at: 1 800 463-5023
Details can be found on the Restaurants Making a GF Claim page.
Celebrating Celiac Awareness Day May 16th 2018 in Montreal with tweets to create a shining crisscross of stars. Thanks to all who participated.
A recall has been added to the CFIA's Food Recall Report due to undeclared gluten in the Dhawaka brand product Choco Kids "Chocolat en poudre".
Product details are available here.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issues public advisories and email notifications for food recalls for all high-risk food recalls (mainly Class I) when the product is available for sale or could be in consumers’ homes.
All other recalls (Class II and III), and food products that are sold exclusively to restaurants, are posted on the CFIA’s Food Recall Report. Email notifications are also available for all allergen recalls.
Available from the Quebec Chapter while supplies last
Practical Guide to Gluten-Related Disorders and the Gluten-Free Diet for residential care (It comes with a copy of the CCA Pocket Dictionary)
- $12.00 (plus shipping) for members, $15.00 (plus shipping) for non-members*
On Sale for a Limited Time Only
CCA Pocket Dictionary - Acceptability of Food and Food Ingredients for the Gluten-Free Diet
- $6.00 (plus shipping), available through the Quebec Chapter*
Gluten-Free - The Definitive Resource Guide by Shelley Case, Dietitian
- $25.00 (plus shipping), on sale while copies last*
*To order, please contact the Quebec chapter: email@example.com or (514) 893-9856
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made an announcement that the words "gluten-free" will be removed from all Cheerios packages sold in Canada by January 1, 2018. Please click here to read more.
We have just published the latest updates to our Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurant First-Step Guides. There are two guides - one for Montreal, Laval, and the Montérégie, and one for the other regions in the province. These are minor updates, with a small number of changes to each guide since our previous editions from October 1st, 2016.
To get these guides, go to the Restaurants page.
Whether you are travelling in one of the regions of Quebec, or simply want to go out to dinner for the evening, it can be a challenge to find a place where gluten-free dishes are available. These guides should be considered a first-step in helping you find a place where you can dine without worry. These guides do not replace the vigilance that any person who must dine gluten-free must have in order to dine safely.
Montreal and Area Guide updates
- Saint-Constant location of Amir
- L'Imprévu in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,
- Café Espace Passerelle in VIllery/Saint-Michel/Parc-Extension
- Tamalera in Plateau Mont-Royal
- Fusion d'Asie in Laval (closed)
- Le Riverain in Ormstown (closed)
- McGill college location of Resto Végo in downtown Montreal (closed)
- Casa Grecque in Lasalle
Quebec (except Montreal and Area) Guide updates:
- Bistro Bistro Évolution et traiteur in Lévis
- Zone Express Santé in Blainville