Northeast Ohio Celiac Network

Gluten Free Vendor Fair

THANK YOU TO OUR VENDORS, PARTICIPANTS, AND DONORS.  We had 756 attendees for the Vendor Fair.  Many of the Vendors sold out or were very near to selling out of their products.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE VENDOR FAIR.  You have made our first large scale Vendor Fair a success.  Please continue to watch this website for future exciting events.

Congratulations to John M. winner of our free raffle!

PLEASE take a short survey (ONCE!) to let us know about your experience at the Vendor Fair.

VENDORS:   Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices; Aunt Rita’s Gluten Free, Wheat Free Bakery; R & R Specialty Foods presenting their 7th Symphony cooking sauce; Mrs. P’s Gluten Free Bakery; Giant Eagle Inc. (Dietitian available); 1- 2- 3  Gluten Free (premiering new product exclusively at our Vendor Fair); Chill Pop Shop; Rad Gluten Free Foods; Heinen’s Grocery Store; Jam Gluten-Free Bakeshop; Chocolate Emporium; Red Lotus Foods; Uncommon Grains – Gluten Free Goodness; Cafe Avalaun and Sow Food Catering; Rust Belt Pepper Company; Old City Soda; Inca Tea; Full Flavor Foods; The Sausage Shoppe; Around the World Gourmet; Two Flowers Food Company; Jilly’s Music Room; Amanda’s Own Confections; The Olive Scene; Alamarra Gluten Free Professional Crepe Mixes; Twenty 4 Zen Gluten Free Foods.

PARTICIPANTS:  Northeast Ohio Celiac Network (NEOCN);  Trisha Lyons, RD LD, MetroHealth;  Girl Scouts U.S.A. (selling gluten free cookies);  R.O.C.K (Raising Our Celiac Kids); Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland and Camp Ho Mita Koda

DONORS:  Giant Eagle Inc.; 1- 2- 3  Gluten free; Namaste; Eban’s Bakehouse; Kinnikinnick; Pamela’s; Heinen’s Grocery Store; Girl Scouts U.S.A; Buehler’s Fresh Foods; Mellow Mushroom, Rocky River; Earth Fare, Fairview Park;; The Toasted Oat; Crunchmaster; Katz; King Arthur Flour.

Cheerios Goes Gluten Free

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Back in 2010, General Mills changed one ingredient in their Chex cereal line. Switching from malt to molasses, GM launched Rice Chex as gluten free (GF). Its success prompted the release of six more flavors.

Beginning in July of 2015, five Cheerios products will have the same great taste but will be going gluten free: Original, Honey Nut, Apple Cinnamon, Frosted, and Multi-Grain Cheerios. While Chex is made from rice and corn, Cheerios is made from oats, which is a controversial grain in the gluten free community.

Oats are controversial because they are contaminated by wheat when they are processed or transported.

Those who have celiac disease (CD) and gluten sensitivity (GS) are advised to consume only certified gluten free oats. Even then, a percentage of those with CD and GS still react against any oats. (Even certified GF oats should be carefully introduced, especially into the diet of someone newly diagnosed).

Chex instant hot oatmeal, made from gluten free WHOLE oats, was launched in 2014. There is only a limited supply of GF oats. To launch Cheerios which require a large quantity to be made into OAT FLOUR, General Mills decided to mechanically filter regular oats to eliminate cross contamination, rendering them gluten free.

General Mills is aware of the gluten free FDA labeling guidelines and are testing to ensure the standard of less than 20ppm is met. They have a great reputation as a responsible company.

While the gluten free/celiac community applauds General Mills for producing another mainstream GF cereal which costs less than some GF cereals and is more widely available, some early questions have arisen:

1. Why not a third party certification?
2. It is understood that the mechanical filtering is a competitive secret, specially developed by GM at great cost. If they can’t reveal it, why can’t they release more on the type of testing done, as well as the quantity of testing done?
3. Why can’t they use gluten free oats, developing a demand?

Of all the 5 GF Cheerios, Multi-Grain will go through the biggest reformulation. Its wheat and barley ingredients will be replaced with sorghum and millet.

What do you think about the new GF Cheerios?
Please comment!

Class Action Lawsuit Against PF Chang’s Restaurant and CDF’s Response

A class action lawsuit against PF Chang’s alleges that extra charges on the restaurant’s gluten-free menu violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit claims that celiac disease is a disability, and it is unlawful for a restaurant to force customers to pay higher prices for gluten-free dishes. The lawsuit was filed in California and is estimated in the millions of dollars.

The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) has issued a statement that doesn’t seem to support the lawsuit. Marilyn Geller, CEO of CDF, has this to say:

“The Celiac Disease Foundation recognizes that restaurants bear a financial burden for the employee training and other accommodations that are required to serve meals that are safe for those with celiac disease.”

Let us know what you think. Will this class action lawsuit hurt or help the gluten free community? Do you mind paying a bit more to eat out safely?

Pizza Hut Offers GF Pizza

Pizza Hut, working with Udi’s and GIG (the Gluten Intolerance Group) is now offering a gluten free pizza in about a third of all stores. The one size, 10 inch pizza, (6 slices) is $9.99 for cheese and $10.99 for pepperoni. Check for Locations here.

The Udi’s® Certified Gluten-Free crust is stored in a separate container, on a separate shelf in their fridge. The cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni are stored in a gluten-free designated kit, and every gluten-free pizza is freshly baked on designated parchment paper in their ovens. Other toppings can be added, but there is no guarantee about these being gluten free.

In addition to these storage techniques, team members who make your gluten-free pizza wear gloves and even use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter to cut your pizza to perfection.

Disclaimer? Yes, (as many restaurants do), Pizza Hut has this to say:

“While Pizza Hut® is proud to offer pizzas with gluten-free ingredients, Pizza Hut kitchens are not gluten-free environments. Due to the handcrafted nature of our menu items, variations in vendor-supplied ingredients, and the use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot assure you that our restaurant environment or any menu item will be completely free of gluten.”

Have you tried the new Pizza Hut GF Pizza?

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