Hempola Hemp, Protein & Fibre Powder recalled due to undeclared gluten

Food Recall Warning (Allergen) – Hempola brand “100% Hemp Powder, Protein & Fibre Powder” recalled due to undeclared gluten

hempolaRecall date: June 16, 2015
Reason for recall: Allergen – Gluten
Hazard classification: Class 2
Company / Firm: Hempola Valley Farms
Distribution: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario
Extent of the distribution: Retail
Reference number: 9886

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Hempola 100% Hemp Powder, Protein & Fibre Powder 454 g BEST BY 250117 6 23188 78935 4
Hempola 100% Hemp Powder, Protein & Fibre Powder 5 lb BEST BY 250117 6 23188 78935 4

Gluten Free Popup Picnic – July 23rd

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Selena Devries, RD, CLT and Integrative Registered Dietitian via www.healthbean.ca is holding this fun (free) gluten free picnic at Rotary Beach in Kelowna on July 23rd. Perfect for family and young ones!

Below is the full write-up.  Hope to see you there!

The theme of this event is “Eating Out.” Selena Devries, Registered Dietitian and diagnosed celiac will be giving a short talk on how to stay safe when trying to eat out gluten free.

She will also be available to chat to throughout the event and answer questions on the gluten free diet.

It’s a FREE event for everyone of all ages. Family, friends, and children all welcome. This is an event intended to support those with celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance in our community. Following a gluten free diet can be socially isolating so let’s come together and support each other!

Please bring some GLUTEN FREE snacks/dishes that you would like to eat/share. If you intend to share them, please come with a written out ingredient list of what is in your dish. Note, it is not required to share your dish.

You do NOT need to bring food to attend this event.

This is a GREEN event: Please bring your own eating utensils/bowls.

If you can make it, please RSVP on Facebook to help us plan the food: https://www.facebook.com/events/1605585463044925/

Can I eat the strawberries that have been grown in wheat straw?

By Sue Newell, CCA National Office

There’s wheat straw in that field

strawberriesI know when strawberry season hits across the country because I start seeing variations on this question: “The farm has straw between the rows of strawberries. Can I still eat the berries?”

The short answer is: go ahead and eat the strawberries. Wash them first. Watch out for mold.

Straw is the dried stalks of a grain plant (usually barley, oats, rye, or wheat) after the grain and chaff have been removed. Grains are the seeds of the plant which grow in a head at the top of the plant. Grain is the only part of the plant that contains gluten. Chaff is the thin, dry, scaly husk around the grain. Straw is harvested after the grain has been removed.

“But what if there are some grains left in the straw?” is usually the second question. A few grains might be mixed in, but grain is much more valuable than straw so as much grain as possible is removed before the straw is left to dry. Any remaining kernels often fall off during straw harvest and are left behind in the field. Those that might make their way to the strawberry field will tend to fall to the ground because of their weight. They are slower to dry then the stems so even if they break, the moisture will prevent much material from flying around.

Will the gluten end up in the strawberries? No. Plants take in hydrogen, oxygen, water, and minerals from the soil and use those basic elements to build the various structures the need. Strawberries do not absorb complex chemicals like proteins directly.

So why do some people get sick when they eat strawberries grown in straw? I wonder if it is related to more gray mold (actually a fungus, Botrytis cinerea). Most berries have some spores on them, but if the straw traps moisture, mold growth can be accelerated. Straw also contains a variety of mold and fungus spores that may contribute to the problem, if you are sensitive to those allergens it might appear that you are reacting to the strawberries.

Savory Strawberry Dishes

When somebody says strawberry and savory together, I instantly think of a salad with dark lettuce, strawberries, pecans, balsamic vinegar and some sort of dressing. I like those salads, but as someone with celiac disease, salads are what you eat when nothing else is safe. Not the right way to celebrate juicy ripe strawberries that were attached to a plant that morning.

Here are a few recipes I’ve come across recently that use strawberries to create a more interesting gluten-free option for supper.

17 Attend Potluck Lunch

By Marie Ablett

food-potluckWe had a good potluck meeting yesterday; 17 people attended.
The food was good and everyone enjoyed themselves, but unfortunately, no one thought to take a picture to share.

We had a good discussion about what national is doing and pondered how things were going.

We all agreed that we like the social interaction at these potlucks as well as the food!

The next and final potluck for 2015 is Sunday September 13, 2015.

Chapter Potluck Meeting this Sunday

Please join us this

kelowna chapter potluckSunday June 14th, 2015

at the Lake Country  Seniors Activity Centre,

9832 Bottom Lake Road

The doors open at 12:00 noon,
and lunch is served about 12:30  pm.

Please bring your gluten-free potluck dishes, with recipes and/or sources.

We ask adults for a toonie to help defray the hall rental costs.

We are trying to be ‘green’ so please bring your own dishes mugs and cutlery!

Remember this is the first of only two potluck meetings for all 2015.

Recall: Schneider’s All Beef Bologna – Undeclared Wheat

Courtesy CFIA

Schneider’s brand All Beef Bologna recalled due to undeclared milk and wheat

Schneiders All Beef BolognaAdvisory date: May 29, 2015
Reason for advisory: Allergen – Milk, Allergen – Wheat
Hazard classification: Class 2
Company / Firm: Maple Leaf Foods
Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution: Retail
Reference number: 9862


Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Schneider’s All Beef Bologna 175 g 2015 JN 15 0 62000 31690 1

Oats can now make gluten-free claim in Canada

By Sue Newell, CCA

Oat flakes on white background

Health Canada announced regulatory changes that will allow a gluten-free claim for specially produced or processed oats that are free from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains, and for foods containing these oats. Details about these changes, an updated position paper and other important information can be found on Health Canada’s Website.

The Canadian Celiac Association supports this decision to allow gluten-free claims for specially produced gluten-free oats and products containing such oats. The Canadian Celiac Association Professional Advisory Council Position Statement on Consumption of Oats by Individuals with Celiac Disease is available on www.celiac.ca.

Health Canada’s Marketing Authorization permits the gluten-free claim for oats if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The food contains no oats other than specially produced “gluten-free oats”;
  2. The finished product does not contain greater than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley or their hybridized strains;
  3. The food contains no intentionally added gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains; and
  4. The “gluten-free oats” are clearly identified as such in all cases where ‘oats’ are referenced, including in the list of ingredients.

Manufacturers who want to make a gluten-free claim on pure oats or products made with pure oats are responsible for ensuring those oats meet the criteria outlined in the Marketing Authorization. If a product is marketed as gluten-free and contains oats that do not meet the criteria, it will be subject to enforcement actions by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).