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  1. Celiac.com 12/18/2018 - Prescriptions for gluten-free food will no longer be part of the UK’s vaunted national health care program in all places, due in part to the widespread availability of gluten-free foods at regular markets, and the high costs of maintaining the program. Starting Monday, December 3rd, 2018, gluten-free food will no longer be routinely available on prescription from any GP practice in the "Greater Nottingham" region for patients with celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis: a skin condition linked to celiac disease. Patients with such prescriptions, including children, will be notified by mail of the pending changes, and will receive information, help and support for managing their gluten-free diets. Coming at a time of "severe financial pressures", the decision ostensibly concerns patients in Nottingham, Rushcliffe, Gedling, Broxtowe and Hucknall, where patients were eligible for a mix of bread and flour each month. In the city, patients could get a range of products like bread, pasta, mix and cereal. Explaining the decision, Dr Hugh Porter, chair of the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, said "The cost to the NHS of a loaf of gluten-free bread is much higher than those bought in a supermarket.” Dr. Porter also adds that the Commissioning Group is planning a detailed evaluation process “to assess the effects of these changes over the coming year."
  2. Celiac.com 07/20/2017 - In the face of budget cuts, and in a move that may offer a glimpse of things to come, doctors with the the UK's National Health Service are eliminating gluten-free food prescriptions for adults, beginning in parts of Devon. As of July 1, the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) responsible for planning and buying the majority of healthcare services for local people have recommended limiting gluten free foods including bread, pasta, flour and multipurpose mixes, to under 18 years of age. That means that approximately 3,400 adults in Devon will no longer receive gluten free food prescriptions, a move calculated to save tax payers around £350,000 per year. The CCG says the action is part of a plan to encourage people to purchase items that they usually get via a physician's prescription. The new guidelines were allegedly developed with input from GPs, patients and other stakeholders. The patient letter from the CCG said: "Gluten free products are now widely available from shops and online, and are often sold to the public at prices that are considerably lower than the NHS pays when they are provided on prescription. Given greater availability and lower cost, the CCG says that the move makes sense. However, many gluten-free Devon residents are offended by what they see as an attempt to pass higher costs to them. One resident, Graham Devaney, of Umberleigh, said: "I think it's absolutely disgusting. I now won't be able to eat bread because for a small loaf of gluten free bread from Sainsbury's it costs about £3, and I can't afford that because I'm disabled." Read more at devonlive.com.
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    Gluten-free Fish and Chips

    Celiac.com 05/27/2017 - The folks in Norwich, England know a thing or two about fish and chips. So does Lucy's Chips, which has operated a popular stall on Norwich market for the last 40 years. So, many people were likely surprised to see Lucy's suddenly double in size. And likely even more were surprised to see Lucy's offer a gluten-free version of their popular fish and chips, each prepared in separate areas. But Lucy's Chips stall is now under new management, which has driven both the expansion, and the introduction of a new menu to to broaden the appeal of their already popular staples. Lucy's had already begun frying its chips in vegetable oil to appeal to vegetarians, and their new menu now boasts a range gluten-free items, including gluten-free versions of unusual products, including battered halloumi, toad in the hole and calamari. Barclay Gray, 50, from Sprowston, who runs the stall, said: "Before we were just chips and sausages but…we now have loads of different items available at the stall…to cater to vegetarians and gluten intolerant people. Mr Gray explained that the recent expansion means that he can fry his fish and gluten-free products separately. Even though Lucy's is under new management, says Mr. Gray, "It has been kept in the family. We're just carrying on and improving where we can." Both Mr, Gray and his customers seem pleased with the changes. "The reaction has been very good. Customers have said that the stall looks lovely, they're so pleased that they can now get gluten free fish and chips." If you find yourself in Norwich, and get the urge for some tasty gluten-free fish and chips, be sure to look for Lucy's at the Norwich market. If you do, be sure to send us a note about your experience. Read more at EDP.co.uk
  4. Celiac.com 03/07/2017 - The Brits are having a bit of a dustup over the best way to help people support with celiac disease. Currently, Britain's National Health Service supplies prescriptions for gluten-free food staples for people with celiac disease. Seemingly, no one disagrees with medical experts that celiac suffers should get support from the National Health Service to buy certain staple gluten-free products. The question, at least from one side of the political spectrum, seems to be whether prescriptions are the best way to provide that support. And that question lies at the heart of the dustup. In a recent article, the British Medical Journal presents a 'head to head' case for and against gluten-free prescriptions on the NHS. In opposition to prescriptions, James Cave, a GP from Newbury, suggests an alternative would be a national voucher scheme or a personalized health budget for patients, so they receive the difference between the cost of gluten-free products and the prescription. Matthew Kurien clinical lecturer in gastroenterology, Professor David Sanders, and Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive of Coeliac UK make the case in favor of providing prescription access to gluten-free staple foods, and say that removing prescriptions unfairly discriminates against people with celiac disease. They explain "targeting gluten-free food prescriptions may reduce costs in the short term but there will be long term costs in terms of patient outcomes." They also note that there is no other example in the NHS of a disease having its treatment costs cut by 50-100 per cent. Read more at Plymouth Herald.com.
  5. Celiac.com 01/25/2017 - The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has initiated a public comment period on gluten-free labeling in England. The FSA is inviting industry feedback on the proposed Gluten In Food (Information for Consumers) (England) Regulations 2017. This regulation enforces the new European Union regulation (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 828/2014), which standardizes labeling information on products that are gluten-free or very low in gluten. The law does not require any change in formulation, ingredients or the methods for these products, but does mandate new wording for product labels. It also clarifies for consumers the difference between foods naturally free of gluten, and those specially formulated for people with gluten intolerance. The proposed rule applies to England only, not Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. The rule change is, in part at least, a response to rising numbers of product complaints. According to the FSA, approximately 1% of the UK population (around 600,000 people) suffers from celiac disease, while nearly half a million people remain undiagnosed. Currently, food businesses are permitted to make voluntary gluten-free or low in gluten claims, but this has led to inconsistency and confusion in many cases. Such confusion could cause health problems for those who are gluten-intolerant. Many of these products also fetch a premium price because of their gluten-free claims, stated the FSA. The aim of the English regulation is to standardize the permitted claims about gluten. Manufacturers will be limited to the use of the words "gluten-free" or "very low gluten" along with clear and limited supporting information. No other claims or descriptions are allowed, and products that fail to conform to labeling standards can be fined. The previously accepted phrase "No gluten containing ingredients (NGCI)" can no longer be used on product labels. Enforcement of FSA rules will take effect February 20, 2018.
  6. Celiac.com 12/28/2016 - Quaker Oats UK has launched several gluten-free oat products, including a free-from variant and a yogurt-based breakfast pouch range. Available since late September, the new gluten-free offering comes in a 510g can of Traditional Rolled Oats, and a 350g box of 10 Oat So Simple packets. "Leading a gluten-free lifestyle is important and necessary for some people, and so Quaker has created options to meet consumer demand," says PepsiCo's Jeremy Gibson, marketing director, nutrition. The launch follows the introduction earlier this month of Oat & Fruit Breakfast, an on-the-go pouch line made with fruit purée and natural yogurt that comes in three flavors: Red Fruits, Apple & Cinnamon, and Blueberry. The products will be sold exclusively at UK's Tesco stores, and will be promoted with an aggressive social media campaign and in-store marketing. Calling Oat & Fruit Breakfast "unique to the market" Duncan McKay, PepsiCo's senior marketing manager for grains UK, expressed excitement over the new product range, which come "as demand for convenient breakfast options is at a peak." Stay tuned for more information on gluten-free products from Quaker, and other manufacturers.
  7. Hello, I've only seen one other post on this and the cough medicines listed aren't available in the UK (or I can't find them!) Is there any cough medicines in the United Kingdom that are gluten (oats, spelt, barley, wheat, rye) free as well as dairy, soy, yeast and aspartame free? I've emailed Covonia no reply yet. And going to call Vicks as no email on their site. We use to use Veno's but their glucose syrup is now derived from wheat not corn! Was told not to have Jakeman's cough drops and Halls said no too. If anyone knows of any cough medicines or lozenges without gluten/wheat though I'd be very grateful. Thanks for your help.
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