Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten-free community.

AUGUST 2017 EDITION

Lee Graham, Executive Director

Your emails and phone calls have been truly helpful. They have brought things to our attention we may not have thought of and this allows us to accommodate you better. You are important to us, and we so appreciate the support you give. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns or if we can be of any assistance. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

Yours in health,
Lee Graham, Executive Director

Lauren Komack: November 24, 1945 – August 7, 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our most beloved members. Lauren Komack: November 24,1945 – August 7, 2017Lauren has been an integral part of our group since 1995 and touched the lives of our members in so many ways. A clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice, she spoke at our meetings about coping with the psychological issues of living with a chronic disease. She wrote “The Gluten-Free Way” in our magazine touching on the emotional aspects of celiac disease with such great insight. A long-time member of our executive board, Lauren brought a balanced view to discussions and confronted issues with endless curiosity and caring. As an editor, educator, and executive board member, this amazingly talented and accomplished woman will be sorely missed. We send our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to her beautiful family.

With loving memories,
Lee Graham, Executive Director

Participate in a Research Study

Dr. Ciaran Kelly, MD, at the BIDMC Celiac Center, is looking for biopsy-proven celiac patients (18-80 years old) who have been following a gluten-free diet but still have symptoms to participate in a research study.

This clinical research study is designed to evaluate whether taking digestive enzyme supplements can help reduce persistent symptoms in patients with celiac disease who are following a gluten free diet.

What will happen:

  • Up to 40 days participation from first study visit to last study visit
  • Blood work and visits with our doctors & dietitian
  • 3 visits at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston
  • 34 days of study medication
  • Weekly surveys
  • Daily stool log
  • Phone calls once every 2-4 days
  • Parking in the BIDMC garage is covered

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ciaran Kelly, MD
BIDMC Celiac Center
617-667-8266
Celiac@BIDMC.Harvard.edu

Now Dedicate Donations

Would you like to dedicate donations “in memory of” a friend or loved one? After completing a donation, you may download a PDF receipt of your donation record to save for tax purposes. As always you can choose the amount you wish to donate!

Coming soon are donation subscriptions allowing you to setup recurring automatic donations and NCA e-cards so that you can have a card sent via email to those you have donated on behalf of.

Your donations are critical to helping us achieve our mission and even more important than ever now that we have expanded nationally!

GF Dining Out

  • If you dine at Chipotle, please be aware that some branches are now offering a fried dessert, buñuelos, that contains gluten. At those branches, the corn tortilla chips will be contaminated due to being fried in the same fryer with the buñuelos. Read about it here.
  • A member reported that The Daily Paper is now in the spot where Perry’s used to be on Main Street in Hyannis, MA. This breakfast and lunch place lists on its menu GF English muffin and GF waffles, but they have one waffle maker and they toast the muffin in the same toaster as bread with gluten, so clearly there will be cross-contamination here.
  • A member shared a story highlighting one frustration around eating out with celiac disease: a lack of communication among the restaurant staff. Here’s her story:“I go to a casual place for lunch, where you order at the counter. I clearly tell them I have a gluten allergy. I order a salad. I tell them no croutons. My friend also orders a salad. They bring hers first. It has a piece of bread on it. So I say to the server: Mine shouldn’t have bread on it. I am gluten free. She returns one minute later with my salad — with a piece of bread on it. I send it back and tell her she just can’t remove the bread. She asks me: We have GF bread. Would you like that?Lack of communication: The person who took my order didn’t tell me the salad came with bread and didn’t tell me there was a GF bread option; the person who made the salad didn’t get the message (or care) that there was a gluten allergy, and also didn’t question whether I should have GF bread, and the person I told not to give me bread didn’t offer me GF bread until after bringing me the salad with regular bread!”
  • Many thanks to those of you who have added your favorite gluten-free or gluten-free friendly restaurant to our database. Do you visit a restaurant we don’t know about? Help us to expand the directory by adding your favorite GF friendly restaurant here.
  • Remember you are your own best advocate and must take care to ensure that the kitchen staff understands your needs. NCA members, you may wish to log in to the member area of the website to review the Dining Out Information.

Webinars and Podcasts

Product Finds

  • Gluten Free and More published this list of new Gluten Free Products; have you tried any of them yet?
  • A member found these delicious Marlenka Honey Cakes in a local Armenian grocery store, but we hear it is also available online at Amazon.com.
  • A member found a GF cheese pizza with a cauliflower crust at Trader Joe’s. She likes the GF cauliflower crust especially for making quick flatbreads and is looking forward to trying the pizza.
  • Costco has a list of new GF products, which includes rice, soups, pastas, cereal, salad dressings, dips, salsa, sugar, flour, bread, cookies, chips, snacks, protein powders, bars, shakes and other foods. Visit your local store for more information about what they carry since selection varies by store.

Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Barbara W. of Lawrence, KS, who won the July giveaway of Murder Gone A Rye by Nancy Parra.

  • Book Giveaway by NCA

  • This month, you can win a copy of No Sacrifices Entertaining Gluten-Free by Ellen Fox.

    To enter, simply send us an email with your name and mailing address by June 17.

Events

Visit the event calendar on our website to see what events are happening in your part of the country. Know about an event that we don’t have on the calendar? Please let us know so we can share it with others!

Celiac Disease and GF in the News

Gluten-Free Seal Recognition Program

NCA Gluten-Free Recognition Seal Program

Following the dissolution of CSA earlier this year, NCA will be continuing the valuable Gluten-Free Recognition Seal Program. When products display the Recognition Seal, customers are assured they are choosing a product which has undergone the most stringent third-party gluten-free certification available for product, processing and packaging.

Product Recalls

Live GFree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns

Live GFree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns are being recalled due to a packaging error. Gluten Free White Bread was packaged into Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Bun packaging and contains undeclared egg. The recalled LiveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns were sold through ALDI stores from April 13 to July 27 in the following states: Arkansas, Washington D.C., Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. 

Read about the recall here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm569131.htm and contact Jenene Kilian from Vibrant Health Products at (604) 743-4455 with any questions about this recall.

Bush’s Baked Beans

Bush’s Baked Beans (Brown Sugar Hickory, Country Style and Original in 28 oz cans) have been recalled due to potential contamination with harmful bacteria.

Read about the recall here https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm569061.htm or on the Bus’s Beans website at  www.bushbeans.com
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are asked to call Bush’s Consumer Relations at 1-800-590-3797 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday for instructions.

Matcha Vanilla Oats

Matcha Vanilla Oats, in a 1.8 oz cup, has been recalled due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The recalled product is marked with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY MAY 11 2018” on the bottom of cup.

Read about the recall here:
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm567410.htm#recall-photos
Consumers who have purchased 1.8 oz. cups are urged to destroy the product and bring the purchase receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Blue Marble Brands at (888) 534-0246, M – F between 9 am and 5 pm, or at www.woodstock-foods.com.

Biohealth Precision Blend Cookies & Cream

Biohealth Nutrition has recalled Precision Blend Cookies & Cream (2-lb and 4-lb white plastic canisters; all lot codes) due to undeclared wheat.

Read about the recall here.

 

Coborn’s Gluten Free Fudge Brownies

Coborn’s Inc has recalled Gluten Free Fudge Brownies (Expiration July 10, 2017) because some of the packages may contain Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars and, consequently, contain undeclared milk. The recalled products were distributed and sold at Coborn’s and Cash Wise stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin, and Coborn’s Delivers in the Twin Cities Metro area. Read about the recall here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm566340.htm

Nourish Snacks is re-launching its product line and this new portfolio of snacks will no longer be certified gluten-free. While each variety is naturally gluten-free in the ingredients used, the products will not be certified as such. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Kaley Gibson at kaley@nourishsnacks.com

Recipe of the Month

Brownie Bark

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from “the Chew” TV program. Easy and delicious!

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