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CCA COVID-19 Resources

Updated: April 2, 2020

CCA is pleased to offer a growing list of resources and information as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the Canadian gluten-free community.

What is CCA doing for the gluten-free community during this outbreak?

While our small staff team and volunteers are working at home, we haven’t stopped working for you!

Celiac and Coronavirus

Patients with only celiac are not immunocompromised, unless they taking medications for other medical conditions which are immunosuppressive. Like everyone, they should exercise careful infection control practices, including washing hands with soap and water frequently, and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Patients with other comorbidities such as diabetes may be at higher risk of severe infection and should take additional precautions.

CCA teams up with McMaster Farncombe Centre Survey on COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised many questions from people with celiac disease, who are concerned on the risk to become infected or develop severe consequences if infected with COVID-19. The health and safety of our celiac community and your loved ones is our highest priority and we will do our very best to support you through this evolving situation. Like all of you, we are monitoring and assessing the global impact of COVID-19 to make our recommendations.

Together with McMaster University, we would like you to share with us your experience and knowledge as well as your concerns and the information you need to learn from the risk of COVID-19 in celiac disease. You can access to the survey by clicking in the following link: Click here to begin

The completion of this survey is voluntary, and we anticipate it will take 5 minutes to complete.

CCA joins charity coaltion in response to emergency

CCA has joined a Canadian coaltion of over 200 charities that face risks of closures, reductions during COVID-19 global crises. Click here.

Health Links

Health Canada has information on the virus. Click the link to learn more.

Centre for Disease Control – Click here

Food Insecurity

During the outbreak, individuals may face job loss or at increased risk and need to access a local food bank or community service. Click here for tips on navigating food banks and community services

To learn more, listen to Jessica Danford food advocate and CCA National Board Director along with Melissa Secord, CCA Executive Director on Sue Jennett’s A Canadian Celiac podcast. Click here.

Take out Food and Delivery

Support our gluten-free certified food establishments. Help them survive this crisis and get them to the ‘other side.’  Check this link for a list of GF-Verified and Dedicated restaurants.

Gluten-Free Products – Direct Home Delivery

You may wish to have some of your GF food products delivered to your home to avoid social interaction or perhaps you are faced with mandatory quarantine. Click here for a growing list of companies that will deliver to your home. Click here.

Food Supply – Major grocery retailers

CCA has begun to reach out to major grocery retailers across Canada.

Tip! It is important that individuals speak with their local store or department managers to request items that are out of stock or that you would like to see in store.

As of April 2, 2020-

“As far as PCGF products and their in stock position, we are currently not hearing about any major issues with our products. The bakery items are not seeing any supply chain issues at this time. For the dry grocery and frozen items, we may possibly see a risk of intermittent supply as the vendors are catching up to the high demand that has been created by pantry and freezer loading. Our supplier base is working exhaustively to keep product in stock.”Loblaw Companies

“…we do not have anything to report about shortages or delays with these products. We’re receiving regular shipments of supplies to our stores, and our teams are working around the clock to keep our shelves filled. However, each store place their orders based on local customer demand, so product availability do vary across regions and even stores. Since we do not have store stock information here at Customer Care, we invite you to speak directly with your local Store Manager to express your interest in seeing the store stock these product and the possibility of the store ordering it in for you. ”  – Sobeys

Food Safety

Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Alerts

CFIA is prioritizing the following inspections and services for food safety:
• Food safety investigations and recalls
• Animal disease investigations
• Inspection services
• Export certification
• Import inspection services
• Emergency management
• Laboratory diagnostics in support of the above

CFIA is temporarily suspending:
• Food inspections and investigations not related to food safety
• Low risk surveillance or sampling activities (food, plant and animal)
• Inspections of preventive control plans and plant and animal inspections in areas of low risk
• Low risk labelling and domestic facility inspections
• Low risk feed, seed and fertilizer permissions

Statement from BRCG – Gluten-free Certification Program Mangement

“To be in line with the GFSI’s position, BRCG are offering our certified sites a 6 month extension to their certification subject to the successful completion of a risk assessment which will be conducted by the site’s Certification Body who will then confirm whether it is appropriate to continue certification.

This risk assessment will include but will not be limited to:

Once the site becomes accessible, the full onsite audit will take place as normal and a new certificate will be issued for a further 12 months. BRCG continue to work with our certified sites during this very challenging time for all of us to serve the needs of those with diverse food needs. Our aim is to ensure that there is not only a sufficient supply for all, but also that this supply continues to be safe.”

What does this mean for GF consumers? Continue to be vigilant on reading labels and reporting any illnesses related to GF products consumed. If you feel you have become ill, please click here to follow our step by step guide.

GF Shopping List – Getting Prepared

CCA Professional Advisory Council Dietitians recommend what gluten-free consumers should stock up in their pantries.

 CCA National Office Update

CCA staff are practicing social distancing and working online. Ontario has enacted a declaration that all non-essential offices by closed or work from home.

CCA staff have access to their phone messages and emails so don’t hesitate to contact our staff for support and resources. Click here for emails and phone ext.

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If you would like to help others in your community, please consider donating to support these efforts. Click here to donate.

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