The Canadian Celiac Association and the Allergen Control Group have released a new report on results of the latest gluten-free labeling in Canada. The initiatives started in that country, including the Gluten-Free Certification Program, have improved consumer confidence in gluten-free labeling involving the program's guidelines.
The program, which strictly outlines acceptable practices and labeling requirements, has been found to be trusted by consumers surveyed. The CCA GFCP logo is only allowed on products that are, in fact, 100 percent gluten-free and has gained trust among those surveyed.
90 percent of Canadian consumers do not trust food labeling.
Outside of the CCA's gluten-free label, consumers are almost entirely distrusting of allergy labeling on food products.
A key finding of the group's research was that harmonizing gluten-free labeling requirements and regulations across the world would improve global perception of celiac disease. A gluten-free information repository is to be established by the stakeholders in the Canadian conference to begin that process, cataloging suppliers and producers. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Allergen Control Group will work with CCA on this.