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Have others had this happen? I signed up for a group travel trip with a professional operator AFTER I told them I needed a zero-gluten (and no milk) diet and they said ok. I paid months in advance and was ready to go. One month before the trip they said their insurance company was requiring them to cancel my booking because I’m a liability: I could sue if there was an error in food preparation and I got sick they said. I offered to sign a waiver that I would not sue. No dice. I have celiacs disease. I cannot help that I need a restricted diet. Isn’t this illegal? I fear I will lose money on my airfare—and never be allowed on group tours. Suggestions?
Celiac.com 11/10/2017 - Gluten-free foods are more popular than ever, and the range of choices and the availability of gluten-free products continues to expand. One of the more significant changes in the last few years has been the entry of major players in a market once dominated by small companies. General Mills has taken their ubiquitous Cheerios line gluten-free, and is now one of the largest manufacturers of gluten-free food in the U.S. Udi's has grown from a once small company into a gluten-free bread giant. Major retailers like Amazon have taken a bite out of numerous smaller businesses. The gluten-free graveyard is piled high with the bones of once great companies that gave up the ghost. Here are some gluten-free companies that used to be popular, but are now out of business, went bankrupt, or no longer selling gluten-free products: Bimbo's Goodbye Gluten Blue Ribbon Bakery Bready Bye Bye Gluti / Gluten Out Cookies for Me Dads Pizza Crust Del's Gluten-Free Eats El Peto gluten-free Meals / Your Dinner Secret Gia's Gluten-Free Bakery Gluten Free A2Z Gluten Intolerance Essentials Glutenfreeapp.com Gluten-Free Artisan Bakery Gluten-Free Trading Company, LLC / Gluten-Free Warehouse GlutenFreeVitamins.com / Point Natural Gluten Less Dining The Lean on Me Baking Company Meals in a Minute Nostalgic Cookies S'Better Farms Sofella The Lean on Me Baking Company Toovaloo Gluten Free Versameal Zeer.com Do you remember any of these once proud gluten-free companies? If so, share your recollections in our comments section. And definitely let us know about any we missed.
Celiac.com 08/17/2012 - In an effort to promote the production of safe, reliable gluten-free food products, the Canadian Government has announced a $245,000 grant that will help the Canadian Celiac Association partner with ExcelGrains Canada, the Packaging Association of Canada and the Canadian Health Food Association to develop specific controls and the supporting tools for each of their existing food safety systems. The measure includes specific controls for gluten-free foods. The end result will be a group of gluten-free controls and guidelines that will help to eliminate the risk of gluten contamination in grains, packaging materials, and bakery products, across the entire product manufacturing chain. Once developed, these gluten-free controls and guidelines will be adaptable and transferrable to other producers and manufacturers across the Canada. The CCA's mission is to promote awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance, along with offering advice and information to manufacturers and distributors of gluten-free foods. ExcelGrains Canada is a farm food safety program for grain farmers managed by the Canada Grains Council. Member of Parliament Ron Cannan of Kelowna-Lake Country is a strong supporter of the measure. He says that food safety is one of the government's priorities, and that the investment "will help provide consumers with the gluten-free foods they need and boost consumer confidence in Canadian food." Thanking the government for passing the measure, Jim McCarthy, Executive Director of the CCA, noted how important it is for "government and industry to work together to ensure that foods labeled 'gluten-free' truly are safe for the consumers who need them." He added that the measure will help the three million or so Canadians who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance to more easily and safely access a 100% gluten-free diet. The investment is part of the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative, through which, the Canadian government helps organizations develop national, government-recognized on-farm and/or post-farm hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) or HACCP-based food safety systems.