Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2014 and the Gluten-free guarantee

Coeliac UK's annual Awareness Week is taking place from the 12th to the 18th of May and this year the focus is on the Gluten-free guarantee.

The Awareness Week 'Gluten-free guarantee' is aiming to ensure that key items are available in stores around the UK, so that Coeliacs are able to easily shop for food and drink items that are an essential part of a safe and healthy diet.

The core items of the gluten-free guarantee shopping basket are:
- fresh white bread
- fresh brown bread
- bread rolls
- breakfast cereals
- pasta
- flour
- crackers
- cereal bars

Coeliac Disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten and while there is no cure (yet!) the only treatment is to adhere (endure) a strict lifelong gluten free diet - which can be harder than you think when you factor in the risks and hazards of cross-contamination!

Check out the Coeliac UK website for more information and you can order an Awareness Week 2014 Toolkit here.

May is also Celiac Awareness Month in the US and Canada.