What an Opportunity!

Your Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association is making plans to host a Gluten Free Information Forum to be held June 6th, 2015 at Canad Inns Polo Park. The event will include speakers with medical expertise, research information, and personal experience who will share their knowledge with us.

In addition there will be a product fair with dozens of booths. We invite you to volunteer for this event and help make it a huge success! Call Donalda Johnson at 204-832-5590 or email her at djwjohnson@shaw.ca.

New and Exciting Monthly Event!

Manitoba Celiac Association will start having coffee nights at Cocoa Beans Bakeshop (268 Tache) the first Wednesday of every month starting November 5 from 7-9 pm.

Betsy has graciously agreed to be open at this time and serve yummy treats while attendees discuss about what’s new here and around the globe in Celiac and gluten sensitivity related topics.

On November 5, Lisa Rigaux will be talking about “Probiotics and Lacto-Fermented Foods to Heal the Gut”. This will be an open, informal discussion where everyone can share their ideas and experiences. Lisa will discuss a different topic every month so feel free to suggest what topic interests you.

Please RSVP Lisa by phone (204-258-1043) or email (lrigaux2@sbgh.mb.ca) if attending the coffee night on Wednesday, November 5 to help Lisa organize the event better.

Have a child with celiac disease?

The University of Alberta is conducting an online survey investigating vitamin use in children with celiac disease. They are looking for parents of children with celiac disease to respond to the survey. The results of this study will help further an understanding of the factors that impact children with CD taking vitamin supplements and of barriers/motivators for taking the supplements in Canadian children with CD. Follow this link for more information and to take the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/celiacvitd/vitamin-use-in-children-with-celiac-disease/

Watch and Learn in our Movie Nights

We are holding our last movie nights for members only! It is free and parking is available and refreshments will be served after the movie.

Movie Night
with The Gluten Summit
Topic : Wheat Germ Agglutinin: How a “Monster Molecule” Could Affect Every Cell in Your Body
Thursday November 20th
Room 203-825 Sherbrook (you can use the parking lot off McDermot and sign in with the security guard on the main floor of 825 Sherbrook)
Stay for refreshments after the movie

Upcoming Meetings

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings:

December 6, 2014
Bring a potluck dish to share (please include ingredient list)
Maranatha Evangelical Free Church
910 Sturgeon Road
9:00 am – 11:00 am – newly diagnosed session
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – general meeting and silent auction
We will be accepting gluten-free donations for Winnipeg Harvest

February 7, 2015
Pancake lunch
Maranatha Evangelical Free Church
910 Sturgeon Road
9:00 am – 11:00 am – newly diagnosed session
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – general meeting
We will be accepting gluten-free donations for Winnipeg Harvest

April 11, 2015
Bring a dessert to share (please include ingredient list)
Maranatha Evangelical Free Church
910 Sturgeon Road
9:00 am – 11:00 am – newly diagnosed session
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – general meeting
We will be accepting gluten-free donations for Winnipeg Harvest

Thank you Walkathon and BBQ Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following organizations for supporting our up coming walkathon and barbecue event:

Baby Mum-Mum
Nelson David of Canada / Celimix Brands
National Imports Inc.
All But Gluten
Lorenzo’s Specialty Foods Ltd.
Pamela’s Products
Shoal Lake Wild Rice
Floating Leaf
Joelle Rheault-Baron Independent Epicure Consultant
Winkler Meats

Please support our sponsors back! For more information about their products and services, please click on their logo found in the left and right side of this page (if available). We hope to find more sponsors as we draw nearer to our walkathon and barbecue event.

Product Recall

Kinnikinnick has recalled a number of products because of  unlabelled milk in the products. There is no gluten in the products.

The  recalled products are Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffles;  Kinnikinnick Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Homestyle Waffles; Kinnikinnick  Kinni-Kwik Bread & Bun Mix; Kinnikinnick Panko Style Bread Crumbs;  Kinnikinnick Pancake & Waffle Mix.

Consumers with a MILK allergy should return these products to the place  they purchased the product; customers who do not have a milk allergy can consume  these products in safety.

It should be noted that this problem was identified by  Kinnikinnick’s own internal ingredient testing problem. Kinnikinnick determined  that another ingredient contained milk allergens that were not listed by the  manufacturer of that ingredient.

Kinnikinnick has posted details on their blog (http://blog.kinnikinnick.com/2014/01/routine-testing-of-ingredients.html)  and you can find a full list of all the affected products on the CFIA web  site:  http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2014-01-10/eng/1389416979298/1389417006118

This  recall may lead to recalls of other products who use the same ingredient in  their products. We will send notices of any other high priority  recalls.

Timmy’s Introduces GF Snack

For those of us with celiac disease, grabbing a quick prepared snack when we’re on-the-go is not a simple task, as hidden sources of gluten in product ingredients are always top-of-mind.  To help make that choice easier, Tim Hortons is now offering a new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon – the first menu item in a Canadian quick service restaurant to be certified gluten-free through the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) Gluten-Free Certification Program.

The new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a meringue-style cookie made with real coconut and drizzled with milk chocolate, and is sold in a pre-wrapped two-piece package to avoid cross-contamination. It’s available at Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada for $1.29.