Fulfilling the requirements of both the Canadian and U.S. government standards for gluten-free (http://glutenfreehelp.info) facility certification is no easy task. Ask Beth Armour of Cream Hill Estates, Canada.
Cream Hill Estates routinely undergoes painstaking and expensive tests to eliminate any and all possibilities of cross-contamination. The complicated and demanding process begins with the transportation of the select seed and crop of specific farmers via “proper” vehicles to the gluten-free facility.
The cost of the select seed is high. It is 99% pure, with only one non-oat seed per 25,000 seeds of oats. The fields must be proven gluten-free for three years with additional standards met such as distance to other lands and ditches. Inspectors visit regularly.
“Cream Hill Estates uses only equipment dedicated to further the process by high pressure air and industrial vacuum to eliminate any possibility cross-contamination,” Beth says. “Their trucks and storage bins are handled the same way.”
Cream Hill Estates tests their products at various stages in the lengthy and expensive process, and they are also tested at a laboratory certified by the Canadian government.
The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) has established a specific standard for growth, harvesting, and processing oats in Canada of 20 parts per million (ppm). Beth Armour says her oat flakes test under 5ppm. http://www.creamhillestates.com/
Adding gluten-free oats to a celiac person’s diet (http://glutenfreehelp.info/celiac-or-gluten-sensitive) is another test. It can be tolerated successfully with a gradual approach in recommended dosages. The additional fiber and health benefits will be a welcome addition to the celiac patient’s diet. It’s recommend that a quarter of a cup of dry rolled oats be the maximum for adult consumption.
Dr. Peter Green, MD, the head of the Celiac Disease Research Center at Columbia University (http://glutenfreehelp.info/gluten-free-info), recommends annual blood tests as well as “appropriate timed” biopsies for celiac patients who decide to add oats to their diet. Dr. Green supports the attempt to add oats to the gluten-free diet for additional fiber and increased variety.
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