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GF Baked Goods Now at SuperStore

Real Canadian SuperStore BakeryImagine walking into a major grocery store and seeing a large assortment of fresh gluten-free baked goods.  Well now customers of the Real Canadian SuperStore can have that exact experience!  The product selection includes bread, cookies, muffins and other treats.  All products are certified under the new Canadian Celiac Association Gluten-Free Certification Program.

See the full product list here.

New Labelling Laws Now in Effect

CCA label exampleTwenty years in the making, Canada’s new Allergen and Gluten labelling regulations finally came into full force on August 4, 2012.

The new rules apply to priority allergens in foods known to cause 90 per cent of reactions:

            • Wheat
            • Glutens (oats, barley and rye)
            • Peanuts
            • Eggs
            • Milk
            • Tree nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts)
            • Soy
            • Sesame seeds
            • Seafood (fish, crustaceans and shellfish)
            • Sulphites
            • Mustard seed

The rules will require a listing of allergens in smaller components of the product. For example, if a product includes “spices,” the label must list any allergens, glutens or sulphites contained in the spices.

How is this going to change your grocery shopping experience? The CCA has created some resources to help to get you up to speed. Click here to check them out.

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Lay’s Brand is First to Certify with CCA

Lay's logoThe Canadian Celiac Association is pleased to announce that the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) has issued certificates to the Lay’s brand of PepsiCo Canada. This means that the production of these potato chips meets the requirements of the Canadian Celiac Association’s “Gluten-Free Certification Program”. The claim Gluten Free can now be found on the back of Lay’s packaging. Here is a list of Lay’s products that are currently gluten free and have received certification from the Canadian Celiac Association:

LAY’S® Cheddar & Sour Cream Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Classic Potato Chips
LAY’S® Dill Pickle Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Fries & Gravy Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Lightly Salted Potato Chips
LAY’S® Ketchup Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Old Fashioned Bar•B•Q Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Roast Chicken Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Salt & Vinegar Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Sea Salt & Pepper Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Smokey Bacon Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® Sour Cream & Onion Simulated Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® STAX® Bar•B•Q Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® STAX® Cheddar Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® STAX® Original Flavour Potato Chips
LAY’S® STAX® Sour Cream & Onion Flavour Potato Chips Wavy
Wavy LAY’S® Smoky Bar•B•Q Flavour Potato Chips
Wavy LAY’S® Original Potato Chips

Read about the CCA Certification Program here. For more information on the certified chip flavours, visit www.Lays.ca and click on Nutritional Information.

Health Canada GF Guidance Document

Health Canada Provides Guidance to Industry on Gluten-free Claims

Health Canada Guidance Document

It is now official!

Below is a link to the long-awaited guidance document to industry on gluten-free claims by Health Canada.

A very quick summary notes that products that do not exceed 20 ppm, and manufactured under ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’, are deemed to meet the intent of B.24.018 when a gluten-free claim is made.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/allerg/cel-coe/gluten-position-eng.php

This link will be posted on the CCA websites.  We will also be taking efforts to inform the industry and consumer/patient groups.

Jim McCarthy,

Advisor, Canadian Celiac Association

Click here for a PDF copy of the report.
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Newly Gluten-Free?

Are you new to Gluten-free living?  It can be overwhelming.  We have lots of information to help ease the transition.

Consider attending a Gluten-Free Lifestyles meeting to gain knowledge and ask questions.  For more information or to reserve a spot call the message line 772-6979.  If you leave your name and phone number we will get back to you quickly.

In the meantime, explore the information and resources on our site at your convenience.

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Cross-contamination

People who need to eat gluten free need to check both the ingredients in food and any cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients that might happen when the food is manufactured, packaged and prepared for eating.

When you think about avoiding cross-contamination, you need to realize that crumbs matter. Look around your kitchen to see where there are crumbs – on the counter top, in the microwave, on the cutting board or in the corners of your metal baking dishes? Anywhere you see crumbs is a potential place for cross-contamination.

At home the following practices will go a long way toward avoiding cross contamination:

  • A celiac should have their own butter dish and a cutting board that is used for gluten free foods only.
  • A celiac should have their own toaster. A toaster oven, where the rack can be removed and washed if others have used it may be a good alternative. If you do not have access to a separate toaster, try a toaster bag, a silicon bag that holds the bread while it is toasted. The bread toasts right through the bag.
  • If it is not practical to have a section of the counter top set aside for preparing gluten free food only, always make sure that the counter space you are using to prepare gluten free food is freshly washed to ensure it is free from crumbs or flour dust.
  • Do gluten free baking first, and have it well wrapped and stored before doing anything with regular flours. Flour dust (in the air) from regular flours could settle on the gluten free products, thus contaminating them.
  • Note: Although this doesn’t fall into the cross contamination area, it is worth noting that a Celiac should take precautions against breathing in flour dust when using other than gluten free flours. Flour dust that settles on the nasal passages may eventually get swallowed and end up being digested.
  • When making sandwiches, do the gluten free ones first – otherwise be sure to wash your hands after touching regular bread and before touching gluten free supplies.
  • Use clean utensils and avoid “double dipping” – knives or spoons are OK the first time, but once they have touched food with gluten, they can contaminate the food in the container if used again. If it is too difficult to train other family members in this regard, it would be wise for the celiac to have their own jar of jam, peanut butter, mustard, etc.
  • Be especially alert and cautious when you have guests helping in the kitchen – they will not have your gluten awareness. Also, it is when you are otherwise distracted that you are more likely to make a gluten error.
  • Make sure any pots, utensils, etc. that are used for other foods are thoroughly scrubbed before using for gluten free foods. In the case of something like muffin tins, paper liners may be a worthwhile consideration.
  • It is best to have a separate set of utensils with porous surfaces, such as wooden spoons, for your gluten free baking. These utensils might retain some gluten particles after cleaning.
  • If using lentils, be sure to meticulously pick them over before putting in the pot to cook. Even if you buy them packaged, it is not uncommon to find kernels of wheat or oats (or pebbles) in with the lentils.

Away from home, be aware of sources of cross contamination:

  • Products in bulk bins can become contaminated by using the scoops in more than one bin. There is no assurance that the other customers will be as cautious as you. Also, flour dust in the air around these bins can cause a problem.
  • At the deli counter, where gluten free meats are being cut using the same utensils without cleaning in between or where cut meats often overlap on the counter.
  • Buffet lunches, where the chef tests the temperatures in all the dishes using one thermometer, or spoons are used for more than one dish.
  • French fries cooked in oil where battered foods have been fried.
  • Meat cooked on a grill which hasn’t been cleaned after cooking regular food with gluten.
  • Gluten-free pasta may be cooked in water used for regular pasta and rice may be cooked in broth containing gluten.
  • Milling of gluten free grains on equipment that has been used for regular grains.
  • In product production where a gluten free product is not produced on a dedicated line. Cereals and candy bars that have gluten free ingredients may be produced after a non GF item without having the equipment cleaned thoroughly in between.

Adapted from an article prepared by the CCA Calgary Chapter.