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Welcome to Moncton Celiac Chapter

Food Labeling

There is no single world-wide definition for the term “gluten-free.” Some countries have specific gluten-free labeling regulations that identify which foods and ingredients are allowed and not allowed on a gluten-free diet. Canada is in a transition period between the old labeling regulations and new regulations that take effect on August 4, 2012. By that date, labels for all food products sold in Canada will have to carry clear identification of the priority allergens, gluten, and added sulphites at a level greater than 10 ppm.
In Canada, gluten means "any gluten protein or modified protein, including any protein fraction derived from the grains of the following cereals: barley, oats, rye, triticale, wheat, kamut or spelt". The definition also applies to the grains of hybridized strains of the cereals listed above.
The allergens that must be labelled in plain language in ingredient list or in a "Contains" list immediately below the ingredient list are:

  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Tree Nuts(almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts)
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Seafood (Fish, Crustaceans and Shellfish)
  • Sulphites
  • Mustard


When you are looking for gluten in a product, there are three places you need to look:

  1. The list of ingredients.
  2. The Contains statement.
  3. Any allergen precautionary statement present on the label.


According to Health Canada precautionary labeling should only be used when, despite all reasonable measures, the inadvertent presence of allergens in food is unavoidable. It must not be used when an allergen or allergen-containing ingredient is deliberately added to a food. Furthermore, the use of a precautionary statement where there is no real risk of an allergen being present in the food. In other words, you should view ingredients listed in a precautionary statements as if they were listed in the ingredient list.
For more information about ingredient labelling laws in Canada, check Health Canada’s Food Allergen Labelling pages.

Gluten Free Certification Program

Canada’s New Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP)

From the people who know how important it is to be able to trust the term “gluten-free”.

Information for Consumers

What is the Gluten-Free Certification Program?

The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) helps consumers identify mainstream products that are safe for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The program also helps companies manufacturer those products.There are four steps for a company to be part of the system:

  1. Develop a gluten-free management system for the facility.
  2. Have an on-site audit by a specially trained auditor.
  3. Apply to the CCA for permission to use the GFCP symbol.
  4. Have an annual audit to confirm that they are complying with the requirements of the program.

What is a gluten-free management system?

A gluten-free management system is a set of policies and procedures used to reduce the risk of gluten contamination. In order to meet the GFCP requirements:

  1. There must be no intentional gluten protein in a product.
  2. An appropriate Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) program must be in place. HACCP is a standard manufacturing program used in Canada to make sure food is safe. Certified facilities must address issues related to gluten in addition to meeting the usual food safety requirements.
  3. Products must meet Health Canada’s “gluten free” regulations and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s “truth in labelling” provisions.
  4. The management of the facility must make a written commitment to meet the terms and conditions of the GFCP.

Does this guarantee the products are safe?

There is no such thing as zero risk, but consumers can be confident that products carrying the GFCP logo have been made by manufacturers who have minimized the possibility of gluten contamination.

Who is running the program?

The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) developed the standard for GFCP and is the only body that can authorize a company to use the logo. The Allergen Control Group (ACG) administers the program on behalf of the association. ACG staff review the gluten-free management system and auditor reports and make a recommendations to the CCA about certification.

Is there more information available?

Visit glutenfreecertification.ca for more information.

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