Question: Can I get a safe food list from the CCA?


Many people would prefer to use a list of safe products instead of reading ingredient lists.

The CCA has made a specific decision not to put out safe food lists, and we strongly urge Canadians to avoid them too. We worked very hard with Health Canada to get to the point where the information is present on the package. Because of this work, you are looking for four words: wheat, rye, barley, and oats.

gluten-free-listYour responsibility is reading every label every time you buy a product looking for those four words. Reading labels might seem like an overwhelming task, but here’s a tip – if you can’t pronounce an ingredient name, it doesn’t contain gluten. Ingredient lists use common names for gluten sources.

Some U.S. organizations produce safe lists and this is because of different regulations, barley and rye sources may be hidden in other ingredient names. It’s important to note that the U.S. lists are not correct for products sold in Canada. Just because a product has the same name in the U.S. and Canada does not mean that the ingredients are the same. If you want an example, search for “Smarties” and look at the images. You will see two completely different candies in Canada and the U.S.

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About David Fowler

David Fowler is an online marketing consultant specializing in AdWords PPC, SEO, and website updates. He is the webmaster of Kelowna Celiac and was co-chair of the Kelowna 2012 CCA National Conference in Kelowna.