Opps! Recalled Product Was Part of the CCA’s Gluten-Free Certification Program

By CCA National Office

April 6, 2018. Mississauga, ON. Sobeys Inc. is recalling Sensations by Compliments Brand Pecan-Crusted Cheesecake Collection (340 gm) from the marketplace because it contains wheat which is not declared on the label.

It is also declared as gluten-free under the Gluten-Free Certification Program and carries the GFCP Trademark. The CFIA has advised that people who have an allergy to wheat, celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders should not consume the recalled product described in the recall notice at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2018-04-5/eng/1522942126471/1522942126923

There was one reported illness, but it is not yet known if it was an allergic response to the wheat which can be the result from extremely small amounts (i.e. there is no allowed threshold) or celiac/gluten sensitivity for which a threshold exists of <20 ppm. Regardless, if you have a concern with gluten or wheat, the CFIA recall notice advises that these recalled products should not be consumed. They should be returned to the store where they were purchased or thrown out.

The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) and the Allergen Control Group (ACG) are jointly making the following statements:

  • ACG administers the GFCP and has been investigating this event since being informed by the manufacturer on April 4, 2018, before the recall was deemed necessary by the CFIA. The manufacturer reported that the source of the wheat was identified as a human error occurring at the time of manufacture and isolated to three lots. Beyond the recall notice to warn consumers, these products are in the process of being rapidly being removed from the market as well as out of the distribution chain. Corrections have been made to the manufacturer’s procedures and these will be verified as being in place before any new production of this product is released to the marketplace.
  • The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is a voluntary program designed for manufacturers and brand owners committed to producing safe and reliable gluten-free products. The program combines stringent; risk-based gluten-free requirements with globally recognized food safety management systems, which exceed government requirements in both Canada and the United States by providing preventive controls. These systems are verified by an annual robust, third-party facility audit process which ensures continued compliance.
  • Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “zero risk” and this is the first recall affecting a GFCP product after nearly eight (8) years and literally millions of servings of gluten-free products consumed. Consumers across North American can rest assured that this event is being handled with the highest due diligence to ensure that the gluten-free products they or their families are consuming meet the government’s strictest gluten-free requirements when they see the GFCP Trademark.
  • The Canadian Celiac Association believes that all Canadians have the right to safe food. It worked with the ACG to develop the GFCP to be credibly applied in a marketplace to protect consumers who have no other choice but to follow a gluten-free diet for life. The CCA believes that the GFCP provides the highest level of scrutiny to help create trust and build brand loyalty with customers as well as expanded choices. It also provides a clear and easy-to-recognize certification trademark on packaging versus those products which display unsubstantiated self-declared gluten-free claims or marks or solely rely on end product testing. However, should an event happen, reducing and eliminating further risk to consumers is paramount. We are confident that the necessary improvements will be made at the manufacturing level before releasing any new Sensations By Compliments Brand Pecan-Crusted Cheesecake Collection (340 gm) production which carries the GFCP Trademark.

Tim Hortons now offers Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon

via Canada Newswire

Tim Hortons introduces its first menu item certified by the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten-Free Certification Program. The Tim Hortons Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a delicious meringue-style cookie made with real coconut and drizzled with milk chocolate. It’s available in a pre-wrapped two-piece package at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1.29. (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)”. 

macaroonFor the estimated one in 133 Canadians affected with celiac disease, grabbing a quick prepared snack when they’re on-the-go is not a simple task, as hidden sources of gluten in product ingredients are always top-of-mind. To help make that choice easier, Tim Hortons is now offering a new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon – the first menu item in a Canadian quick service restaurant to be certified gluten-free through the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) Gluten-Free Certification Program.

“We’ve made a commitment to our guests to provide balanced menu choices, and the new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is an example of that,” says Donna Finelli, Vice President Marketing, Food and Merchandise, Tim Hortons. “Given the growing number of people who have celiac disease and gluten intolerance, we’re making it just a little bit easier for friends and families to enjoy eating together at our restaurants. And the new macaroon tastes fantastic, which makes it a great snacking option for everyone, not just those with gluten intolerance.”

The Tim Hortons Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is certified through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten-Free Certification Program, Canada’s only voluntary certification program designed for manufacturers of gluten-free products. The CCA’s Gluten-Free Certification Program trademark assures Canadians with celiac disease and gluten intolerance that products are safe to consume.

“Living gluten-free can be challenging, especially when it comes to dining out,” says Peter Taylor, Executive Director, Canadian Celiac Association. “The new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a clear example of Tim Hortons’ leadership in the quick service restaurant industry for offering a high quality, high value product to a growing segment of the population.”

The new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a meringue-style cookie made with real coconut and drizzled with milk chocolate, and is sold in a pre-wrapped two-piece package to avoid cross-contamination. It’s available at Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada for $1.29.

About the Gluten-Free Certification Program 
The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is a voluntary certification program designed to help brand owners differentiate their gluten-free products from the increasing clutter of gluten-free claims, by displaying the GFCP trademark. Based on a robust third-party audit certification process at the manufacturing facility, the GFCP verifies their ability to regularly meet stringent requirements when managing gluten as part of their food safety programs.

The GFCP is endorsed by the Canadian Celiac Association and was developed so consumers can shop with confidence by selecting safe, reliable and gluten-free products displaying the GFCP trademark.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut
  • Icing sugar
  • Frozen egg whites (egg whites, sodium citrate, thriethly citrate, guar gum)
  • Water
  • Chocolately drizzle (icing sugar, water, sugar, cocoa, corn syrup)
  • Canola oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Caramel colour
  • Vanilla extract
  • Natural flavour
  • Almond flavour

Nutritional Info (per package):

  • Calories – 250
  • Fats – 14g
  • Sodium – 25mg
  • Carbohydrates – 30g
  • Fiber – 4g
  • Sugar – 25g
  • Protein – 3g

Editor’s Note:

We’ve had a few unsolicited reviews since the macaroons were released:

  1. One of my daughters is a step ahead of us – she actually tried the product with the following reaction:  NEGATIVE – so, save your money and tell Hortons their effort is appreciated but the have failed – back to the drawing board.
  2. The coconut macaroons come in a package with a due date. Taste like sh*t – full of sugar and preservatives.
  3. We picked them up today and we all had a look and try. Blech. I am with you. Yawn and yuck.
  4. Let us bring out the band and have a parade – mighty Tim Hortons labours for years and produces a gluten free coconut Macaroon – their first gluten free menu item. Pretty weak stuff and we are customers of Timmy’s Nothing to get excited about if one is a celiac and for someone who hates coconut macaroons – yawn!

What are you thoughts on the new macaroons?  Use the comment form below.

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