Celiac Pens Children’s Book on Food Intolerance

by Claudine Crangle

 

Hello to my fellow celiac friends!

claudinecrangle_Woolfred CoverI’m sending out a message to share news of my new book Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions: A Tale of Being True to Your Tummy.

It has been published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association, and recently won a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the Health category.

As a celiac diagnosed at the age of 3 back in 1971, it has been a life-long dream of mine to create a book that speaks to the challenges that children feel around food intolerance. It’s been quite a journey, and today I’m writing to request that news of this book be shared with memberships through newsletters, sites and anywhere else that parents of celiac children might learn about it.

More can be found on my publishers website: http://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441B155.aspx?tab=1

And can also be found on Amazon.cahttp://www.amazon.ca/Woolfred-Cannot-Eat-Dandelions-Being/dp/1433816725

Kelowna GF Bakery Develops Educational Website & Cookbook

by Nicole Knegt, Four Spoons Gluten-Free Recipes

Hello everyone!

nicole-knegtMy name is Nicole Knegt and I am a co-founder of Four Spoons Gluten-Free Bakery in Kelowna.  For the last three summers, my husband and I have been baking up all sorts of delicious treats for our customers at the Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s market.  Our time at the market has been a wonderful experience filled with many new friendships and stories: stories of diagnosis, lifestyle change, and the sweet discovery of relief. We have also heard time and again how difficult it is to bake gluten-free, which is why we recently closed our bakery and are transitioning from baking to educating.  Our mission is to empower individuals to successfully bake and cook simple, budget-friendly and delicious gluten-free foods. Over the years we have heard from many customers that they simply do not know where to begin with gluten-free baking. We want to change this. We want to help bring happiness back to eating despite dietary restrictions.

That is why this summer we launched a comprehensive educational resource website (fourspoonsglutenfreerecipes.com) for people struggling with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  We have an incredible team of professionals who are collaborating with us to create trustworthy and reliable resources. Our team includes two dietitians, a food scientist and a holistic chef.  This team has helped us create some terrific resource guides, from our Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet to our Guide for Students and our Guide to Gluten-Free Bakingflaky-seriesFour Spoons Gluten Free Recipes contains a 150+ recipe index of recipes that are simple and call for inexpensive, yet healthy ingredients.  We also blog regularly and have begun creating cooking videos to help people see exactly how to create our recipes.  Matthew and I are having such a good time shooting these cooking videos, so be sure to check them out on our YouTube cooking channel.

It has been bittersweet saying goodbye to the bakery, but we have tried to make it a bit more sweet by promising our customers the publication of a Four Spoons Bakery Cookbook.  We have decided to call the book Soft, Chewy, Gooey, Awesome: Recipes from our Gluten-Free Bakery, because these are just a few of the words we have regularly heard people say when they eat our baking.  Alongside our bakery recipes, the book will also be filled with pictures of our customers and some of their stories.  We are very excited to create this book in collaboration with our customers, because it has always been about them and their support of our bakery.  We will also be creating a cooking show for our YouTube channel that will teach through the entire cookbook!

cookbookWe are very excited for this project and plan to have the cooking show and digital copy of our book ready by mid December, with our printed book available in the New Year.  Please go to http://www.chewygooeybook.com/ for more information on our cookbook.  If a gluten-free cookbook and cooking show sounds interesting to you, please visit Kickstarter.com and consider pledging to our fundraising campaign.  We are offering tons of awesome gluten-free rewards for pledges made towards our project.  This fundraising campaign will run through to November 22, 2014.

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We hope that our website, cooking channel and soon to be published cookbook will provide much needed resources for anyone with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  If you are interested in following what we are doing, please find us on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to our blog.  We would love to hear from you.

http://fourspoonsglutenfreerecipes.com/

Purity brand Chocolate Kisses and Butterscotch Kisses recalled

Recall details

Ottawa, November 1, 2014 – Purity Factories Ltd. is recalling Purity brand Chocolate Kisses and Butterscotch Kisses from the marketplace because they contain wheat which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to wheat or sensitivity to gluten should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Purity Chocolate Kisses 170 g All codes where wheat is not declared on the label 0 57858 08061 6
Purity Butterscotch Kisses 170 g All codes where wheat is not declared on the label 0 57858 08044 9

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What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

If you have an allergy to wheat or sensitivity to gluten, do not consume the recalled products as they may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.

Background

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of these products.

Fuji Dressing recalled due to undeclared wheat

Pacific Sunrise Foods is recalling Pacific Sunrise Foods brand Fuji Dressing from the marketplace because it contains mustard and wheat which are not declared on the label. People with an allergy to mustard or wheat should not consume the recalled product described below.

20141024a_1414177198060_engWhat you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

If you have an allergy to mustard or wheat, do not consume the recalled product as it may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.

Background

This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of this product.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Pacific Sunrise Foods Fuji Dressing 500 mL All codes where mustard and wheat are not declared on the label None

Jack ‘N Jill Barbecue Flavor Chip Recall

20141024cg_1414202895748_engA recall has been added to the CFIA’s Food Recall Report.

Class 1
Reason for Recall: Allergen – gluten, mustard, wheat
Product(s): Jack ‘N Jill brand barbecue flavor potato chip products.
Distribution: National

Product details are available at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2014-10-24c/eng/1414205121787/1414205127574

Common food allergens – http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food_allergies

Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease

By Alek O. Komarnitsky

Alek O. KomarnitskyI’m back again for yet another year with the Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease.

You can not only view the 10,000 lights and inflatables via three webcams, but you can control them – i.e. inflate/deflate the giant Frankenstein,  Pumpkins, Grim Reaper, Skull, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson – D’OH!  ;-)

The website is totally free (and totally fun) but also raises awareness and funds for charity via optional/voluntary donations – over $80,000 for the Center for Celiac Research. I’ve supported this world-class research organization for almost a decade and even though I found out last year that the original Celiac Diagnosis of my kids was a false positive (Email me for more details – nutshell summary is medical science is “hard” so not always 100% correct), I’m still helping them raise awareness and supporting research for an eventual cure.