Re: Gluten-Free oat products: from on 2005-01-14
Greetings to people with celiac disease:
Below is a reply that I wrote to someone who inquired about including oats in the celiac disease diet. I am posting this reply to emphasize the fact that, while gluten-free oats probably are safe for MOST, but NOT ALL people with celiac disease to eat, each celiac disease person should consult with their physician and/or dietitian before doing so.
Best wishes, Tracy
Hi Paul -
Yes, we're in the process of setting up to do this (market gluten-free oats). We hope to have product available by the end of March, 2005.
We have a process whereby we are sure that there is no cross-contamination with wheat, barley, rye, etc. Unfortunately, it is going to be expensive to set this all up, so initial product costs will be high. However, we hope that after a first successful year we will be able to start dropping the price. We have not yet settled on a retail price.
Two notes of caution:
1) We have done an extensive review of the medical literature, and the vast majority of reports say that gluten-free oats should be OK for MOST but NOT ALL (my emphasis) celiac disease people to eat. Likewise, the U.S. National Institutes of Health June, 2004 Consensus Development Conference Statement on Celiac Disease ( http://consensus.nih.gov/cons/118/118celiacPDF.pdf ) states that "Oats appear to be safe for most people with celiac disease..." (p.6, paragraph 6).
2) I notice that your return email address is in Canada. Health Canada and CFIA, with whom we have had extensive consultation, tell us that in Canada our products cannot be labelled, sold, advertised, etc as "gluten-free" because of a Health Canada Regulation (FDR, B.24.018) prohibiting any product that contains oats to be marketed in any way as GF. Until this regulation is changed, which may take years, we and everybody else must abide by it.
I hope that this helps. If you have more specific questions drop a line and I'll try to respond.
Best wishes, Tracy
products: from on 2005-01-31
My 4 yr old just confirmed to have CD. Any chocolate milk GF, or is there a chocolate syrup or powder that is GF? Any chocolate pudding mix GF? Any flavored soda GF? Any microwave popcorn GF? Any cold cuts GF such as Boars head or Applegate? New at this, Thanks
Re: products: from Peter on 2005-02-24
Pure cocoa powder is gluten-free, and is free of other additives.
use to flavour milk, cakes etc. See the recipes in my book (link at top of page)
products: from Kathryn on 2005-05-17
My younger brother is in LOVE with chocolate. Dark, milk, ..anything. He has CD and has been begging me to sneak him some, only, im not sure if its allowed. Can i?
Re products: from Peter on 2005-05-17
You don't say how old your brother is. He has to learn to check whether the food is safe or not, and think about what he can and cannot eat.
If you sneak him some it may encourage him to eat other foods he shouldn't, and that might make him ill.
If you are in the UK, you should be able to get a copy of the Gluten-free food and drink directory ( a liitle book) from www.coeliac.co.uk This will list all the chocolate products that are safe to eat.
Then you need to agree with your parents what you are allowed to 'sneak' to your brother.
Re Gluten-Free oat products: from Rebecca Potter on 2005-06-14
Can you tell me where to find gluten-free oats?
Re Gluten-Free oat products: from Katherine on 2005-07-03
I live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and am interested in your 'gluten free Oats' whenever you have a product to sell.
Re Gluten-Free oat products: from Jennifer Jarrell on 2005-07-11
I just ran into this thread a few minutes ago. Has this product been fully developed? Is it available to the public? I am a home baker that bakes wheat free dairy free foods. Please send me an e-mail with an update on the product.
Re Gluten-Free oat products: from Kathy Gray on 2005-07-28
I am also interested in purchasing your gluten free oats when they're available.
Re Gluten-Free oat products: from sandy Klein on 2005-08-07
Me too. I'm in Toronto. Thanks,