We have removed the Gluten Free Logo from our label and have replaced it with a Wheat Free logo.We have had to implement this measure as the decision by Health Canada to include Oats as a gluten Free grain is still held up in committee.Cavena is a pure, uncontaminated oat which can offer an extended source of nutrition to constricted diets.
Health Canada's recent review of the safety of consuming pure oats indicates that the majority of people with celiac disease can tolerate moderate amounts of oats that are pure and uncontaminated with other cereals. Current scientific knowledge also suggests that pure oats can be beneficial to those individuals with celiac disease who tolerate it, and its palatability and nutritional benefits may increase compliance with a gluten free diet.
The Celiac Association is as exasperated as we are on the delays and they have advised us to go with the Wheat Free claim for now as it is recognized by celiacs as being a gluten free product.
At Wedge Farms we have designed all production, handling,processing and packaging to provide a gluten free level that exceeds any standards in the world. We currently test each lot for gluten using the recognized ELISA testing protocols. Throughout our third party testing, we have never had a test for gluten come back with any detectable levels.
Any product in Canada that contains oats in any form still cannot claim gluten free status. Health Canada recognizes the importance in revising the gluten free labelling requirements in order to provide better information to consumers with celiac disease. As we wait for the government committee to finish with the regulatory changes, we will only be claiming Wheat Free.
Wedge Farms proudly produces a range of innovative flax and oat products.
Cavena, meaning Canadian Naked Oats, is the culmination of decades of research by "Dr Oats", Dr Vern Burrows and Agriculture Canada.
With regular oats, the hull remains on until they are processed to remove the hull often hundreds of miles away, then the hulls must be disposed of as a by-product of oat milling. This involves moving the oats with the hulls on and then the hulls themselves, burning a lot of fuel in the process. The oats must then be heated to stop them from becoming rancid as the hull is no longer there to protect the kernal, using more fuel.
We now have an alternative to this age-old method. Cavena is unique as the oat itself is naturally both hulless and hairless. There is no difference in the look or growth of the plant until harvest. When cavena is threshed the hull is removed and returned to the soil immediately where it breaks down improving the health of the field. Cavena is then much more dense needing far less storage space and hauling, reducing the carbon footprint substantially. While regular oats need heat treating once the hull is removed, Cavena has natural defences against spoiling. There is a thin, waxy coating that the seed has developed because the hulls themselves are loose, offering much less protection from the elements. Our testing has shown samples of Cavena to have very low levels of spoilage with out heat treating even after six years in storage! This is yet another way that Cavena can lessen the impact of your diet on the health of the planet, while improving your own health.
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