Just posted the Fall 2018 newsletter - interesting to see the food services and restaurants across the country who are participating and they have launched the GF Smart program that may be of interest to residential and hospital staff, as well as for restaurants.
From the GF Watchdog: “Gluten-Free Labeling: Are Growth Media Containing Wheat, Barley, and Rye Falling Through the Cracks?” has been made available online free of charge through December 11, 2018. Please click on the following link to access the article directly https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XxRz7t0kPejF7
Tricia Thompson thanks co-authors Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN and Luke Emerson for their hard work on this article.
For those who might like a summary of the article GF Watchdog has kindly provided one: https://bit.ly/2EKtjo3
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.