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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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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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.