The Canadian Celiac Association - Vancouver Chapter is a non-profit charity that supports people who are adversely affected by gluten, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten-related conditions. We serve all of British Columbia except for Victoria and Kelowna.
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What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease (CD) is a genetic, multi-system, autoimmune disorder where the body reacts to gluten and other prolamines in wheat (e.g. durum, kamut, spelt), rye and barley. Gluten consumption causes damage to the absorptive surface of the small intestine and can result in malnutrition, anemia, nutritional deficiencies and an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases and some cancers of the gut. Every person is different and there may be no symptoms, but damage is still being done. More information can be found at the Canadian Celiac Association website.
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Gluten-Free Certification Program
The CCA has spent several years developing a voluntary certification program based on a preventative approach for managing the production of gluten-free products. This symbol is the copyright of the Allergen Control Group who now manages the certification of gluten-free products. To see vendors who have been certified check out their website or look for this symbol on products in your stores: