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Product Recall – Olymel S.E.C.

August 1, 2019 Olymel is recalling the following product as it contains gluten (wheat), egg, soy, and milk that is not declared on the label:

Flamingo Chicken Breast Fillets, 550g, Lot# B2915415

The product is labeled as gluten-free and carries the Gluten-Free Certification Program trademark label. There was an error in packaging and the product was only distributed in Quebec. The affected product was recalled from retailers on July 29, 2019. There have been no reported illnesses due to this product. 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. View their full recall notice here.

Check if you have the recalled product at home and throw it away or return it to the store from which you purchased it. View Olymel’s full product recall notice for more information. For any additional information, feel free to contact the CCA at 1-800-363-7296 or at

For more information on food safety and recalls go to

Dr. Mohsin Rashid on the key differences between celiac disease and a wheat allergy

Celiac disease, Wheat allergy… what’s the difference? While symptoms can overlap, celiac disease and wheat allergy are two distinct disorders.

NHL draft prospect shines light on success after diagnosis

“He’s got to the stage where it’s under control,” said Marr, whose department lists Kakko as the top European prospect. “He knows what his limits are. He knows what he needs to do to be at 100 per cent. As long as (his diet) is managed and well managed, I don’t think it’s going to influence the decision on draft day.” Click here to read the story.

-June 20., 2019

Change to New York Fries Hot Dogs

Please see the notice below from New York Fries.

“We know that New York Fries is a trusted brand within the celiac community and our brand sincerely appreciates the loyalty the celiac community has shown us over the years. We, therefore, wanted to ensure complete transparency and issue this alert to protect the safety of our celiac customers. Effective immediately, our new hot dogs are no longer gluten-free. We understand that this will disappoint many of our celiac customers who have come to purchase our hot dog without a bun.

Please know that this decision to change to a new hot dog was not made lightly. Due to production inconsistencies, it became apparent that NYF’s vendor could no longer produce this recipe effectively for our national chain.  We understand this directly impacts our celiac customers and we are very sorry that our new hot dog will no longer be a safe option for celiac guests to eat.  

We wanted to also take this opportunity to remind everyone that the New York Fries menu is extensively gluten-free. All customers can safely enjoy the fresh cut fries, variety of poutines including our Classic Poutine, Bacon Double Cheese Poutine, Pulled Pork Poutine and Butter Chicken Poutine and fry-based meals such as the Works and Veggie Fries as well as dips and condiments. Though they aren’t listed on the menu, customers can also ask for a Chili Poutine or Chili Cheese Fries.

We encourage any of our customers to ask for a free small sample of any of our poutines if they want to try before they buy. Please note that Beef Lovers Poutine, malt vinegar and the shake on seasonings do contain gluten.

New York Fries’ priority is always the health, safety, and providing delicious food for its customers. Click here for the most updated information on all allergens in NYF’s menu options.”

CCA Pushes For OHIP Coverage of Celiac Blood Test, Amongst Other Awareness Day Initiatives

For International Celiac Awareness Day, the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) plans to meet at Queen’s Park at 10:30 a.m. to call on MPPs to support OHIP coverage for the IgA TTG serological test for celiac disease.

-May 16, 2019

National survey to study confidence in ‘May Contain’ food labelling in Canada

Celiac association asks gluten-free consumers and dietitians to weigh-in

Mississauga, ON – The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) as part of its May Celiac Awareness Month activities launched a nation-wide survey of gluten-free consumers and dietitians to gauge the confidence and understanding of the use of the ‘May Contains’ labelling on Canadian food products.

-May 10, 2019

CCA partners with other North American associations to bring awareness to the day to day challenges for people with celiac disease.

The ‘Know Celiac’ website was launched in partnership with Hill Holiday to bust some of the myths and misunderstanding about people who require the gluten-free diet.

Click here for more.

-May 3, 2019

Daytime CBC Radio – Not even a crumb of gluten, living with celiac disease.

Listen to this great interview with Montreal pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Terry Sigman, and her 11 year old patient on the challenges of diagnosing and managing celiac disease.

May 3, 2019

CCA launches national ‘may contain’ labelling survey for gluten-free consumers

The Canadian Celiac Association’s Professional Advisory Council has launched a research survey to better understand consumers who require a gluten-free diet and their attitudes towards ‘May Contain’ labelling on food products sold in Canada.

-May 2, 2019

New Labelling Requirements Coming to Beer

CCA among key stakeholders that called for changes to beer labelling to protect consumers.

Mississauga, ON. May 1, 2019 – The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is lauding the announcement today from Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency that a part of the new compositional standards for beer will be a requirement for allergy labelling including gluten by December 14, 2022.

-May 1, 2019

Delays in celiac disease diagnoses costly for Canadians

Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) Launches Symptom Quiz to Help Undiagnosed Canadians Avoid Years of Unnecessary Suffering

-May 1, 2019

CCA releases guidance for primary care providers on the gluten challenge to improve diagnosis rates

How much gluten must be consumed by a patient after being on a gluten-free diet (GFD) in order to be accurately tested for celiac disease? Learn more.

-April 15, 2019

Canada’s iconic buildings to display green for Celiac Awareness Month this May

May is Celiac Awareness Month in Canada and May 16 is internationally recognized as Celiac Awareness Day. This year five major cities across Canada will display green lights to mark the occasion. Click here for details

-April 2019

Young adults and their food choices study

The laboratory of Dr Anne-Sophie Brazeau of School of Human Nutrition at McGill University is currently looking for adults with and without type 1 diabetes who are 18 to 29 years old to participate in a study on food literacy. The main objective of the project is to understand the motivations and barriers of young adults with type 1 diabetes in integrating their knowledge of nutrition into practical skills. This study involves answering a questionnaire lasting about 25 minutes.

Participants are given the chance to win an Ipad Mini. Link to study:

CCA responds to proposed amendments to Canada’s vodka standards

CCA’s Response to Proposed Changes to Vodka Standard. -March 14, 2019

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019  Start: 8:30 AM Location: Holiday Inn Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin St. Toronto, ON. Persons who wish to attend the AGM other than voting chapter members,  directors, the public accountant of the Corporation may only be admitted on the invitation of the Chair or with consent of the meeting. Please email with your request to attend. -March 14, 2019

CCA is hiring.

We’re looking for a Fund Development Coordinator. Click here to learn more. – March 13, 2019

 CCA urges changes to federal taxes before federal budget

CCA President issued a letter during the pre-budget consultations to Finance Minister Morneau. Read the letter here. -March 2019

CCA releases results of Agri-Food Canada funded study for access to gluten-free grains

CCA releases project highlights for enhancing access to Canadian sources of certified gluten-free grains and testing protocols. Read more…  – February 4, 2019 

New Canada Food Guide: What is the impact if you are gluten free?

Health Canada released its new Food Guide to public. For Canadians who require a gluten-free diet, CCA offers direction on key nutrients and food sources that need to be carefully managed. Read more… – January 23, 2019

JA Campbell Research Awards now open

CCA is pleased to announce that the JA Campbell Research Grants applications are now open for both the JA Campbell Research Award and the JA Campbell Young Investigators Award. Deadline for applications February 15, 2019. Click for details. – January 14, 2019

CCA wants to know what is your Celiac IQ?

Would you know how to accurately diagnosis celiac disease? This is the question CCA is asking Canadian healthcare professionals at the Family Medicine Forum being held in Toronto this week. Learn more and take our test. -November 14, 2018

CCA National Board seeks directors for 2019 -2021

The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is seeking nominations for two positions on the Board, the National Treasurer Officer role and another Director, whose terms will run from appointment to June 30, 2021. Click here for details. -November 14, 2018

CCA National response to proposed amendments to beer composition standards

As the voice for people adversely impacted by gluten, CCA has issued its formal response to the proposed changes to beer composition standards. Click link for CCA Response Click to view proposed amendments -September 7, 2018

CCA asks public to pour on support for proposed beer changes

Health Canada has proposed changes to the composition and labelling of beer products in Canada. The change will require beer manufacturer’s to declare any food allergens, gluten and sulphites on the product label. The celiac community is strongly encouraged to show its support for the proposed changes which will make it easier to identify safe food for consumption. Click here to download a sample response: Beer Standard Response Sample Deadline: September 14, 2018 -August, 2018

Management of Bone Health in Patients with Celiac Disease: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

The Canadian Family Physician Journal has published a review article to be used as a practical guide for clinicians when managing and monitoring bone health in patients with celiac disease. -June 14, 2018

Health Canada Report on Celiac Disease

Health Canada published a report on celiac disease and the gluten connection to increase awareness for Celiac Awareness Month. The report discusses prevalence, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. -June 4, 2018

Minister of Health’s Statement on Celiac Disease Awareness Month

The Minister of Health made a statement in support of celiac awareness month. She discusses the large impact the disease has on an individual’s quality of life and how it affects a large portion of the population. Read it here. -May 29, 2018

2018 J.A. Campbell Research Award Winners

The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 JA Campbell Research Awards. After an extensive review by CCA’s Professional Advisory Council, Dr. Natalie Riediger has been awarded the James A Campbell Grant and James King has been granted the James A. Campbell Young Investigator Award. -May 29, 2018

Lack of OHIP coverage for celiac test causing costly increases in treatment delays and health risks for Ontario patients

Adult patients in Canada with undiagnosed celiac disease can expect an average delay of 11 years before receiving an accurate diagnosis of their condition,1 while the typical delay for children is 1 year. 2 Celiac disease – an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of foods containing gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley) — affects 1 in every 100 Canadians, but only 10 to 20% of patients with the disease have been diagnosed.3 It’s a situation the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is aiming to change, especially in Ontario, which is the only province that currently doesn’t cover the blood test necessary for detecting celiac disease under its provincial health insurance plan. -May 3, 2018

Canadian Celiac Association is asking Canadians to #GoBeyondTheGut

May is Celiac Awareness Month and the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is urging people to #GoBeyondTheGut and to be alert to the “atypical” (non-classical) features of celiac disease. -May 1, 2018

Update: Sobeys Inc. Sensations by Compliments brand Pecan-Crusted Cheesecake Collection Reinstated Quickly

On April 4 2018, with the assistance of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Sobeys initiated a recall for their Sensations by Compliments Brand Pecan-crusted Cheesecake Collection from the marketplace because it contained wheat which was not declared on the label. Click the link for update. -April 4, 2018

Ontario Legislature petition for celiac blood testing

Ontario is the only providence in Canada that does not cover blood screening under provincial health insurance unless it is specifically performed during an in-patient hospital visit.  People with Celiac disease didn’t choose to have this disease, they deserve to have the test covered by OHIP. Delayed diagnosis causes lack of treatment which leads to nutritional deficiencies, bone fractures and the development of cancer. It also leads to the risk of developing mental health problems. When a person with celiac disease is diagnosed early, the individual’s health returns to the normal rate, it reduces their visits to doctors and hospitals and unnecessary diagnostics testing. Ontario Provincial health coverage (OHIP) for IgA TTG serological test for patients with Celiac disease. Please download our petition, get your friends and family to sign it and either mail it back to the CCA or send it to your local MPP (original signatures only, photocopies or scanned petitions will not be accepted).

CCA issues statement on NIMA gluten sensor

The Canadian Celiac Association’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC) was asked to review the NIMA Sensor device as it was recently launched in Canada. -March 15, 2018

Stay heart healthy and gluten free – tips from Dr. Jennifer Zelin

Having celiac disease can make healthy eating a challenge. The dietary restrictions of a gluten-free diet, and the symptoms from recently diagnosed celiac disease, can make it difficult to choose healthy dietary options and maintain physical fitness. Dr. Jennifer Zelin shares some tips… -February 15, 2018

Gluten-free as a New Year’s Resolution? Think twice!

With the onset of “New Year’s Resolution” season, the Canadian Celiac Association is cautioning Canadians to look before they leap when it comes to adopting the gluten-free diet. -January 16, 2017

Gluten-free claim to be removed from General Mills Cheerios sold in Canada (Revised)

The Canadian Celiac Association has learned that the words “gluten-free” will be removed from all Cheerios packages sold in Canada commencing January 2018. -October 26, 2017

CCA response to CFIA Beer Consultation

In July 2017, the CCA was invited to comment on our concerns with beer labelling. Members of our Professional Advisory Council prepared a response on behalf of the CCA Board of Directors. -July 2017

Deep Frying Gluten Alert

The myth that frying wheat products makes them gluten-free is endangering people with Celiac disease. -April 2017

GF Cheerios Recommendation

General Mills Canada announced last week that five Cheerios flavours sold in Canada will carry a glutenfree claim. Original Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi-Grain Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and Chocolate Cheerios will be rolled out across the country in August. The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) held a conference call with representatives of General Mills Canada and General Mills US on August 2nd 2016 to discuss our concerns with the gluten-free label on these products.


Canadian Celiac Association Professional Advisory Council position statement on consumption of oats by individuals with celiac disease

The safety of oats in individuals with celiac disease has been extensively investigated. Health Canada has reviewed the clinical evidence from numerous international studies and has concluded that the consumption of oats, uncontaminated with gluten from wheat, rye or barley, is safe for the vast majority of patients with celiac disease. -2015

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