The continued rapid evolution of the gluten-free market and recent proliferation of new product introductions making a self-declared gluten-free claim has resulted in a great deal of scepticism related to the safety and reliability of these claims. This scepticism is founded on:
- Illness from consuming these products
- Product recalls due to mislabelling
- Confusion from the wide variety of gluten-free “logos” on products
- Regulatory inconsistencies defining the term “gluten-free”
Endorsements from recognized and credible celiac societies provide an added trust factor for consumers purchasing gluten-free products. Organizations such as the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA), Beyond Celiac (formerly the NFCA) in the USA and the Fondation québécoise de la maladie coeliaque, endorse the GFCP.
About Beyond Celiac
Through empowerment, education, advocacy and advancing research, Beyond Celiac (formerly the NFCA) drives the diagnosis of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. In the United States, products produced in a facility certified by the GFCP carry the Beyond Celiac endorsed GFCP certification trademark.
About the CCA
The Canadian Celiac Association is a volunteer-based, federally registered charitable organization with its national office in Mississauga, Ontario. It was founded in 1972 with financial assistance from the Kaufman Foundation. The association was started by two women from Kitchener, Ontario, who, from personal experience with celiac disease, recognized vital needs of people suffering from the disease. In Canada, products produced in a facility certified by the GFCP carry the CCA endorsed GFCP certification trademark.
Fondation québécoise de la maladie coeliaque is a registered charity organization. Founded in 1983, its mission is to improve the lives of people who are affected by celiac disease or non celiac gluten sensitivity with information on the disease and the gluten-free diet. Its efforts are aimed at increasing the knowledge of celiac disease among the public and health professionals, in order to promote early detection. FQMC encourages and supports research. Through the organizations’ activities Fondation québécoise de la maladie coeliaque helps improve the quality of life for those people affected by gluten. The FQMC is a respected voice in Canada for providing its services, entirely in French.
À propos de la FQMC
Fondation québécoise de la maladie cœliaque est un organisme de charité enregistré. Fondée en 1983, sa mission est de faire en sorte d’améliorer la vie des personnes qui souffrent de la maladie cœliaque ou de la sensibilité au gluten non coeliaque par de l’information sur la maladie et le régime sans gluten. Ses efforts de sensibilisation visent à accroître la notoriété de cette entéropathie au gluten auprès de la population et des professionnels de la santé de façon à en favoriser le dépistage précoce. Elle favorise et appuie la recherche. Par ses activités, la FQMC contribue à améliorer la qualité de vie des personnes qui doivent éliminer le gluten de leur alimentation. La FQMC est un intervenant important au Canada fournissant ses services entièrement en français.