“Health Canada's Marketing Authorization (MA) permits the use of gluten-free claims for gluten-free oats (that do not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains) and for foods containing these oats as ingredients, under certain conditions."
Links for details on this important announcement:
From Health Canada:
Updated: Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Claims on Uncontaminated Oats
Notice of Intent to Issue a Food Marketing Authorization - Proposed Marketing Authorization to allow gluten-free claims for specially produced "gluten-free oats" and products containing such oats under certain conditions
From Government of Canada:
From the Canadian Celiac Association:
From Agriculture and Agri-food Canada:
Avena Foods is a farmer owned, gluten-free oat dedicated facility located in Regina, Saskatchewan. We have been processing and packaging specially grown oats in our dedicated facility since 2007.
We are pleased to support Health Canada’s announcement allowing gluten-free claims for specially produced gluten-free oat products and products containing gluten-free oats. Health Canada’s decision concludes a comprehensive review surrounding the safety of pure oats for those on a gluten-free diet and finalizes the marketing authorization proposed in November 2014.
“Health Canada's Marketing Authorization (MA) permits the use of gluten-free claims for gluten-free oats (that do not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains) and for foods containing these oats as ingredients, under certain conditions.
The MA provides an exemption from the Food and Drug Regulations provided that:
- The food contains no oats other than specially produced "gluten-free oats";
- The finished product does not contain greater than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley or their hybridized strains;
- The food contains no intentionally added gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains; and
- The "gluten-free oats" are clearly identified as such in all cases where 'oats' are referenced, including in the list of ingredients.”*
Health Canada’s MA will clarify which products contain oats that are safe for the gluten-free diet. Labels will now clearly identify and differentiate between conventional oats and gluten-free oats. Consumers can shop with confidence and safely enjoy the health and nutritional benefits of Avena Foods gluten-free oats.
Avena Foods remains committed to producing pure and safe gluten-free oat based products. Avena oats are grown by select farmers under strict protocol and processed in a dedicated gluten-free oat facility. Avena Foods believes following these foundational principles are essential to producing gluten-free oats:
• Dedicated gluten-free oat and allergen free plant
• Certified by Gluten Free Certification Organization to less than 10ppm of gluten
• Contracted and identity preserved oat supply
• Growers following strict protocol from planting to delivery to ensure purity
• Certified FSSC22000: globally recognized by GFSI
• Raw oats and finished product tested by certified QA technicians to verify compliance
This is welcome news for food manufacturers who require gluten-free oats as an ingredient. Companies purchasing these pure oats will now have the opportunity to label their products as gluten-free in Canada.
Avena Foods would like to recognize Health Canada and the Canadian Celiac Association for their ongoing efforts to support research and improve food safety for those with celiac disease.
*Health Canada Marketing Authorization May 2015
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Related Health Canada link:
We are in the news! From the Western Producer: Miller rides gluten-free wave: Avena Foods hopes to soon take advantage of a Health Canada proposal to allow gluten free labelling on its Oats Only products. Full Article at: http://www.producer.com/2015/01/miller-rides-gluten-free-wave/