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As a farmer-owned company we are dedicated to quality through stringent guidelines for growing and processing our unique products. Quality inspections start at production to ensure the pedigreed crops are free from contamination of any other grains. Then our pure oats are processed in our state-of-the-art, allergen-free plant, which is completely dedicated to oats.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Avena Foods Limited and Marshall Gluten-Free Milling Announce Partnership

For Immediate Release: (August 27,2015) Avena Foods Limited and Marshall Gluten-Free Milling are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership to meet the increased demand from consumers for Organic Gluten-Free oats. The companies will work together to offer oat products which are certified to be both Organic and Gluten-Free, produced through a dedicated certified grower network. 

Avena Foods Limited has operated a successful dedicated Gluten-Free oat mill in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada for the last 8 years producing and marketing a complete line of Certified Gluten-Free oat products including rolled oats, quick flakes, steel cuts, groats and flour. Avena has been the market leader in developing and evolving the quality standards for production of Gluten-Free oats through their network of dedicated growers and through strong compliance to food safety certification programs. This expansion into Organic Gluten-Free will not affect the existing Gluten-Free grower and customer base. 

Marshall Gluten-Free Milling, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, will manage the Organic grower relationship and will provide contracted Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free oats for processing by Avena Foods Limited.  President Mike Marshall has extensive experience in the Organic marketplace with special focus on oats and the supporting rotations of non-gluten Organic grains to maintain sustainable purity. The venture with Avena will offer new and existing growers a tremendous opportunity to expand their commitment to Organic farming with an adherence to Gluten-Free protocols.  

Avena and Marshall Milling share a strong commitment to the values of consumer safety and protection through purity protocols, which include pure seed, proper rotations, field histories, identity preservation and traceability. The companies also share a commitment to developing strong long term grower relationships. The strict protocols offer customers assurance of reliability, consistent quality and sustainability. 

Avena Foods Limited and Marshall Gluten-Free Milling look forward to the exciting opportunity of working together to address increased customer demand in the greatly expanding Organic Gluten-Free market. -30-

Contact:

Robert Stephen
Chief Executive Officer
Avena Foods Limited
Ph: 306.757.3664

Mike Marshall
President
Ph: 306.384.0991

Dale Richardson
Director, Sales & Marketing
Avena Foods Limited
Ph: 306.757.3665

 

Tuesday
Jun092015

Canadian Celiac Association Conference

Great to see everyone at the Canadian Celiac Association conference last Saturday in Winnipeg!


 

Monday
Jun012015

Useful Links: New Labelling Guidelines for Gluten Free Oats in Canada

“Health Canada's Marketing Authorization (MA) permits the use of gluten-free claims for gluten-free oats (that do not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains) and for foods containing these oats as ingredients, under certain conditions."

Links for details on this important announcement:

From Health Canada:

Gluten-free labelling claims for products containing specially produced "gluten-free oats"

Updated: Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Claims on Uncontaminated Oats    
Notice of Intent to Issue a Food Marketing Authorization - Proposed Marketing Authorization to allow gluten-free claims for specially produced "gluten-free oats" and products containing such oats under certain conditions

From Government of Canada:

Government of Canada makes it easier for Canadians to choose gluten-free foods

From the Canadian Celiac Association: 

Canadian Celiac Association Professional Advisory Council position statement on consumption of oats by individuals with celiac disease

From Agriculture and Agri-food Canada:

"Gluten Free" Claims in the Marketplace

From PRWEB:

Health Canada Allows For Conditional Use Of Gluten-Free Oats

Monday
Jun012015

Press Release: Announcing Gluten-free Oats in Canada

Avena Foods is a farmer owned, gluten-free oat dedicated facility located in Regina, Saskatchewan.  We have been processing and packaging specially grown oats in our dedicated facility since 2007. 

We are pleased to support Health Canada’s announcement allowing gluten-free claims for specially produced gluten-free oat products and products containing gluten-free oats. Health Canada’s decision concludes a comprehensive review surrounding the safety of pure oats for those on a gluten-free diet and finalizes the marketing authorization proposed in November 2014.

“Health Canada's Marketing Authorization (MA) permits the use of gluten-free claims for gluten-free oats (that do not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains) and for foods containing these oats as ingredients, under certain conditions.

The MA provides an exemption from the Food and Drug Regulations provided that:

  1. The food contains no oats other than specially produced "gluten-free oats";
  2. The finished product does not contain greater than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley or their hybridized strains;
  3. The food contains no intentionally added gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains; and
  4. The "gluten-free oats" are clearly identified as such in all cases where 'oats' are referenced, including in the list of ingredients.”*

Health Canada’s MA will clarify which products contain oats that are safe for the gluten-free diet. Labels will now clearly identify and differentiate between conventional oats and gluten-free oats. Consumers can shop with confidence and safely enjoy the health and nutritional benefits of Avena Foods gluten-free oats.

Avena Foods remains committed to producing pure and safe gluten-free oat based products. Avena oats are grown by select farmers under strict protocol and processed in a dedicated gluten-free oat facility. Avena Foods believes following these foundational principles are essential to producing gluten-free oats:

        •      Dedicated gluten-free oat and allergen free plant

        •      Certified by Gluten Free Certification Organization to less than 10ppm of gluten

        •      Contracted and identity preserved oat supply

        •      Growers following strict protocol from planting to delivery to ensure purity

        •      Certified FSSC22000: globally recognized by GFSI

        •      Raw oats and finished product tested by certified QA technicians to verify compliance

This is welcome news for food manufacturers who require gluten-free oats as an ingredient. Companies purchasing these pure oats will now have the opportunity to label their products as gluten-free in Canada.

Avena Foods would like to recognize Health Canada and the Canadian Celiac Association for their ongoing efforts to support research and improve food safety for those with celiac disease.

*Health Canada Marketing Authorization May 2015

Follow the link for details on this important announcement.

Gluten-free labelling claims for products containing specially produced "gluten-free oats"

For more information contact:

Tilly Wiens: twiens@avenafoods.com   Ph: 306.757.3666

Dale Richardson: drichardson@avenafoods.com   Ph: 306.757.3665

Brian Gurin: bgurin@avenafoods.com  Ph: 847.757.4120

Related Health Canada link: 

Updated: Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Claims on Uncontaminated Oats     

Monday
Apr062015

Spotted on Premier Brad Wall's Facebook page: