Understanding Gluten Labelling In Canada – Free Webinar May 17th

Gluten-Labelling Webinar

As part of our Celiac Awareness Month activities, the CCA is launching its first of several webinars to support the Canadian celiac community.

Pre-registration is required. The webinar is FREE. 

Contact information is required in order to participate. Space is limited.

DATE: Wednesday, May 17, 2017     TIME:   7 – 8pm OR  9 – 10pm EDT

Title: Is that safe for me? Understanding gluten labelling in Canada 

Presenter: Sue Newell

Here’s what you’ll learn:

1. Understand the requirements for a gluten-free claim in Canada

2. Understand the elements of risk analysis for gluten contamination in food

3. Identify the package elements used to determine the gluten risk for food

4. Understand the core elements of certification

To register: Click or paste on one of the following links:

7 – 8pm EDT – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1919e53d6f0fd9717510d14dfea9e911

9 – 10pm EDT – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/ba967167c899f16966858a512be5123a

How to Read the Ingredient List for Gluten

gluten-free label

Wheat – Rye – Barley – Gluten – Oats

If you see any of the words above on the ingredient list or CONTAINS statement, the product is NOT OK.

Fast Factsgluten-free label

  • As of August 2012, food manufacturers must declare gluten sources in the ingredient statement
  • Gluten-containing ingredients must be listed in either the Ingredient list OR the CONTAINS statement
  • Avoid packaged foods with no ingredient listing
  • Oats are safe to eat only when they are listed as “gluten-free oats”

Where to look:

Step 1: Find the ingredient label on the package

Step 2: Look for a CONTAINS or MAY CONTAIN statement (at the bottom of the ingredient list)

If you see a CONTAINS statement:

  • PRODUCT IS NOT OK: If you see wheat, rye, barley, oats or gluten listed
  • PRODUCT IS OK: If the CONTAINS statement does NOT include a gluten ingredient
  • If there is a CONTAINS statement, you can stop reading now. If not, look for a MAY CONTAIN statement.

If you see a MAY CONTAIN statement:

  • PRODUCT IS NOT OK: If you see wheat, rye, barley, oats or gluten listed
  • If MAY CONTAIN statement does not include a gluten ingredient, then go to Step 3

Step 3: If there is no CONTAINS statement, read the ingredient list:

  • PRODUCT IS NOT OK: If you see wheat, rye, barley, oats or gluten listed
  • Product IS OK: If you do not see any gluten containing ingredients

Let’s get food labeling legislation unstuck!

By Gwen Smith, Editor – Allergic Living magazine

Dear B.C. and Alberta Chapters of the CCA,

As you’ve probably heard, Canada’s allergy groups and the CCA wrote to Prime Minister Harper at the end of October urging him to keep his government’s promise to pass the new food labelling legislation that would require food manufacturers to identify gluten and priority allergens clearly on package ingredient lists.

That promise was made in July 2008 and, after a lengthy review process, the new label regulations were ready to pass in February 2010. But instead of being moved forward into law, they’ve stalled.

To assist the groups’ effort to press the government to honour this vital commitment, Allergic Living magazine last week launched an online write-in campaign so that individuals can easily send a templated letter by e-mail to the Prime Minister. It copies the Health Minister, the President of the Treasury Board (where the legislation sits now) and the Minister of Agriculture (CFIA is under his wing).

In just one week, over 1,800 people have sent letters, with their own comments added. See: http://www.allergicliving.com/petitions/food-labelling/

We would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word to your chapter about this online campaign. The more letters we can get to the PM, the more the government takes notice. We hope that grassroots support will finally lead to the passing of vital legislation.

In fact it was Marion Zarkadas, today a member of the CCA’s advisory board, who worked to draft the original version of these regulations in the 1990s. In 2006, she told Allergic Living – “If this goes through this year, nobody in the whole world will be happier than me.”

Well, that didn’t happen. But today, we’re closer than we were in 2006, closer than we’ve ever been to seeing the regulations through. They have passed the first phase (Canada Gazette 1) and all the consultations. All that’s needed now is the political will to see that the regulations are enacted.

This is why we need everybody’s voice to FINALLY push these regulations forward.

Thanks so much in advance – and do send along links if you are able to spread the word. We’ll post them on our Forum.

Best regards,

Gwen Smith
Editor, Allergic Living magazine