|Chebe Bread Products Joins CSA Recognition Seal Program|
Chebe Bread Products has recently completed the requirements to qualify for the Celiac Sprue Association’s Recognition Seal Program. The use of the CSA five crossed grain Seal on packaging means the manufacturer has agreed to adhere to CSA’s standards in representing their product to be free of wheat, barley, rye and oats (WBRO), their derivatives and crosses in product, processing or packaging. Chebe Bread packaging will feature the CSA Recognition Seal to indicate the products are appropriate for a medically prescribed celiac diet.
In order to qualify, Chebe Bread provided CSA with their specific procedures and policies necessary to produce a product free of WBRO. CSA periodically conducts onsite inspections and engages the University of Nebraska for product testing by the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) Method, sensitive to 5 ppm (parts per million) to assure continuity in the WBRO-free quality.
Chebe Bread Products is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The business was launched after founder Dick Reed visited Brazil and came across delicious tasting cheese bread that he thought Americans would enjoy. At the time, he did not realize it was gluten free or that there was a growing market for gluten-free products. The business grew from the family living room in Des Moines, IA, to a dedicated gluten-free facility now located in Spirit Lake, IA. Perhaps the company motto “Slightly unusual and unusually good” best describes their line of mixes and frozen dough products. It is delicious, quick and easy to prepare, and it is gluten free, wheat free, and yeast free! The Chebe products line includes gluten free, oven-ready frozen sandwich buns, rolls, bread sticks, tomato-basil bread sticks, and on-the-go pizza crust. Chebe original bread mix is gluten free. Five other bread mixes are also lactose free and casein free. They include: Focaccia flatbread, pizza cinnamon rolls, bread sticks, and all-purpose bread. All of the products are nut free, soy free, potato free, and rice free. Visit the Chebe website at www.chebe.com.
Chebe Bread Products, joins Recognition Seal Program participating manufacturers AgVanced Enterprises, Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods, Bay State Milling Company, BlueDominoes, Cali Fine Foods, Canino Sausage Company, Cupoladua Oven, Dakota Lakes, Domata Living Flour, Earth Source Organics, Earthly Treats, Fox Ridge Bakeries, Free Choice Foods, Freeda Vitamins, Full Flavor Foods, Gluten-Free Creations, Gluten Free Essentials, Gluten Free and Fabulous, Gluten Free Mama Kitchen, Grandma Ferdon’s, Hill’s Chestnut Farm, Kneaded Specialties Gluten Free Bakery, Kookie Karma, The Lite-Ful Cheesecake™, Meister’s Gluten Free Mixtures, Mixes from the Heartland, Mrs. May’s Naturals, Mulay’s Sausage Corporation, The Natural Bar, Purpose Foods/Sweet Fiber, Simply Boulder Foods, Skye Cookies, SunWest Foods, and Worldwise Grains. Also recognized by the Program are the books Recognizing Celiac Disease, The Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook: Classic Cuisine from the Italian Countryside, and The Gluten Free Passport series. Restaurants participating in the program include The Soup Pot, GF Cucino’s, Picazzo’s Gourmet Pizzas, the Atrium Café and Anthony’s Italian Chop House at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Brook, IL and the Peppercorn Duck Club at the Kansas City Hyatt. Website links to all participants can be found on CSA’s website, www.csaceliacs.org.
Celiac disease is a genetic auto immune disease which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Current medical research reveals that statistically 1 out of 130 individuals will test positively for celiac disease. Once a patient is diagnosed with celiac disease, a diet free of wheat, barley, rye and oats will alleviate the symptoms, usually within weeks, and will help prevent the onset of related illnesses.
Five out of six people with celiac disease have yet to be diagnosed. Undiagnosed people will exhibit a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to, bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, mouth ulcers, fatigue or anemia. If undiagnosed, the disease can lead to serious illnesses such as osteoporosis and bowel cancer.
Current information on CSA and celiac disease is available at the CSA website, www.csaceliacs.org or by calling toll free 877-CSA-4-CSA.
The Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis worldwide through research, education and support.