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New federal standard to expand beer ingredient options

More variety in allowable ingredients and more requirements for declarations are now part of the federal rules on what can be called beer in Canada. The federal government on May 1 announced “modernized” beer standards under Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) — the rules laying out the requirements to be met by a product […] Read more

Sourdough method could reduce wheat sensitivity

The Alberta Wheat Commission, its sister organization in Saskatchewan, and the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council are jointly funding research on whether the process used to produce sourdough bread could lead to a more easily digested food option for people with sensitivities to wheat. Alberta Wheat is providing nearly half of the $148,000 for […] Read more


Cheerios to remove ‘gluten-free’ claim

The maker of Cheerios cereal is pulling a controversial “gluten-free” claim from the product’s Canadian packaging starting in 2018, over what it says is a lack of a “consistent” testing protocol for oat products. General Mills announced last week it will remove the “gluten-free” claim from Cheerios sold in Canada starting in January, though it […] Read more

Greg Porozni (back left) with Team Canada mission members and Canadian wheat customers in Jakarta. The whirlwind trip through Asia was an eye-opener, says the Willingdon producer.

Team Canada a hit with foreign wheat buyers

Buyers want to know about this year’s crop, talk about what matters 
most to them, and get to know the farmers who grow the wheat

It was a whirlwind visit — seven Asian nations in just 18 days — and an eye-opener for Willingdon farmer Greg Porozni. “It was a gruelling trip, but it was good,” Porozni said after his recent Team Canada mission. “All we did was travel and present and we kept moving.” The chair of Cereals Canada […] Read more


Gluten-free Cheerios recall not for Canada

Gluten-free Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios in bilingual English-French packaging aren’t affected by a recent recall over undeclared wheat ingredients, the cereal’s manufacturer says. General Mills Canada said Wednesday that the products it sells in Canada aren’t included in the recall announced Tuesday in the U.S. General Mills recalled several days of production of Cheerios […] Read more

University of Alberta researcher Hoon Sunwoo has 
developed a pill that allows celiac sufferers to ingest gluten.

Pill allows celiac sufferers to ingest gluten

A decade of work at the University of Alberta has created a pill made from antibodies in chicken yolks that binds gluten

Celiac sufferers may soon be able to have their cake and eat it too. University of Alberta researchers have created a pill that uses natural antibodies in chicken yolk to prevent celiac sufferers from reacting to gluten. The natural supplement prevents the absorption of giladin, a component of gluten that people with celiac disease are […] Read more


Canada may have already passed peak gluten-free

CNS Canada –– Increased demand by Canadians for gluten-free products had an impact on the wheat industry, leading reduced sales and experiments with new ways to feed the market. Now, industry specialists have mixed opinions on the future of gluten-free. Almost a third of Canadians, 10 million people, are seeking out gluten-free products, according to […] Read more



VIDEO: The gluten story

If you’ve ever chewed a few kernels of wheat to make ‘gum,’ you’ve done a gluten test. Domestic and overseas wheat millers do a somewhat more sophisticated gluten test to determine how flour milled from different wheats will perform in a bakery. The gluten strength of different varieties has been in the news lately, and […] Read more

Christine Lowry, nutrition and policy analyst and registered dietitian, spoke about the 
benefits of grains at FarmTech 2014.

Science-based organization fights anti-wheat hysteria

‘Wheat belly’ and gluten-free diets are all the rage, and a new bestseller recommends 
cutting carbs to ward off dementia, Alzheimer’s and depression

What do you say to someone who has read the bestseller Wheat Belly and believes wheat is the new evil? Stick to the facts, says Christine Lowry, a dietitian and policy analyst with the Healthy Grains Institute — a year-old organization set up “to dispel myths around whole grains.” “We’re really making sure that we’re […] Read more