Answer: Someone like Shelley Case!
Thank you to Shelley and her colleagues on the Canadian Celiac Association Professional Advisory Board, as well as others in the gluten-free community in Canada, who have worked hard over the years to seek changes to the Canadian regulations so that pure, uncontaminated oats (like....shameless plug... our Gluten-Free Prairie Oats ) can make a gluten-free claim.
Since 1995, Canada has had a gluten-free regulation prohibiting the grains wheat, rye, barley and oats in food making a gluten-free claim. Of course, we all know that oats are naturally gluten-free, but often cross-contaminated in the field, during harvest or processing . Progress to clarify the regulation was made in 2012 when Health Canada also revised the Food and Drug regulations to enhance the labeling of food allergens and gluten sources. Similar to the FDA, all food products (not those labeled “gluten-free”) must declare the major allergens and gluten sources (but they still included oats as well as wheat, rye and barley) in the ingredient list or Contains statement at the end of the ingredient list. Also, gluten-free products would need to less than 20 ppm.
However, oats were left in the definition of gluten-containing grains in the revised food labeling regulations. Last night I received the news from Shelley that Health Canada announced a Marketing Authorization for specially produced oats to make a “gluten-free” claim under specific conditions. See the information from Health Canada at this link:
Gluten-free labeling claims for products containing specially produced "gluten-free oats"
The revised Canadian Celiac Association Professional Advisory Council position statement on consumption of oats by individuals with celiac disease is now available at this link: http://www.celiac.ca/?page_id=2831
Most of us know Shelley Case as a leading international expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Boards of the Celiac Disease Foundation, Gluten Intolerance Group, and Canadian Celiac Association, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of the Grain Foods Foundation.
She is a frequent guest on television and radio, is often quoted in print and online media, and delivers numerous presentations at medical, dietetic, celiac, and food industry conferences throughout the USA and Canada.
Want to know more? Check out Shelley's “Ask the Celiac Expert” column for Allergic Living Magazine and the nutrition column for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
Her national best seller Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, is highly recommended by health professionals, celiac organizations, consumers, the food industry, and media.
You can find our entire line of Gluten-Free Prairie oat products on our website. In many stores around the Country as well as:
1) CDF Marketplace: http://bit.ly/1AG1aGF
2) Amazon (free shipping with Prime):http://amzn.to/1Gpw6Nz
Thanks again to Shelley! Now....Canada.... Go Eat Some Gluten-Free Oats!
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