Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten-free community.


Lee Graham, Executive Director

Greetings, I hope you all enjoyed a happy 4th of July and best wishes for a happy and healthy summer. We have enjoyed speaking to many people over the past six weeks and look forward to getting to know many more in the upcoming months. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time with any questions or concerns. We are here for the primary goal of serving the celiac and gluten-free community. It is our passion, mission and bread and butter. (Gluten-free of course!)

Yours in health,
Lee Graham, Executive Director

Note from Bruce Homstead

The National Celiac Association, formerly the New England Celiac Organization, has acquired the assets of CSA including its membership, chapters, resource units, and Recognition Seal Program. This new structure gives each of us many advantages and benefits that we did not have before. The transition has taken a year, much longer than I expected and planned. Hard work, courage, many people, many meetings, and more, brought us to this exciting new place.

NCA, with its main office located in Boston, MA, sits in the world mecca of celiac disease research and possibility, second only to Finland. NCA is already benefitting from these resources.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to have served as your CSA president. I will miss the day-to-day interactions with all of you, however I sincerely hope you will join NCA in and on this journey, and spread the word to others who don’t know about it. With your thoughts, needs, and participation, together we keep the larger celiac community healthy and vibrant.

Wishing you many years of health and well being,

Bruce Homstead, MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP
(Past President of the Celiac Support Association)

Product Finds

Chick-fil-A has announced the availability of a gluten-free bun. The gluten-free bun is individually packaged and certified free of gluten. Diners will assemble their own sandwiches to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Chick-fil-A gluten-free buns are made with ingredients such as quinoa, amaranth, molasses and raisins. The bun has 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15. For more information on the new gluten-free bun or other gluten-free options at Chick-fil-A, please visit their website.

Starbucks now offers a gluten-free breakfast sandwich containing bacon, egg and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free roll. This product comes individually wrapped to prevent cross contamination. For more information about this, visit their website. A member also spotted individual sized packages of Goodie Girl Mint Slims cookies at her local Starbucks.

Some Subway sandwich shops now offer GF rolls. Some people have reported great satisfaction with the way their local store handles gluten-free orders. Due to the high risk of cross contact in a Subway restaurant, we recommend caution when dining there.

Product Recalls

Futaba Sesame Hijiki Rice Seasoning

JFC International has recalled the Futaba Sesame Hijiki Rice Seasoning due to undeclared allergens including wheat. Click here for details of the FDA recall.

GoMacro and Thrive Bars

GoMacro has recalled a limited number of GoMacro and Thrive bars due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Click here to read about the FDA recall.

Trader Joe’s Grainless Granola

Trader Joe’s Grainless Granola has been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Click here to read about the recall.

Mama Mary’s GF Pizza Crusts

Gluten-Free Watchdog is investigating whether certain Mama Mary’s GF pizza crusts are incorrectly labeled or actually do contain wheat. This alert applies ONLY to those products labeled gluten-free that list wheat flour as the first ingredient. If your crusts contain gluten-free ingredients then this alert does not apply. Hopefully this is just a packaging error and the crusts are gluten-free. Follow GF Watchdog for updates.


Visit the event calendar on our website to see what events are happening in your part of the country. Know about an event that we don’t have on the calendar? Please let us know so we can share it with others!

If you are in the New England area, visit the NCA booth at the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on July 22 and 23.

Recipe of the Month

Grilled Watermelon

Have served this for breakfast with cinnamon toast, as well as dinner with grilled steak or chicken breasts. Wonderful summer treat.
Click here to get the recipe.

Celiac Disease and GF in the News

Several articles from the latest issue of Gluten-Free Living may be of interest:

Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Jane H. of Livingston, TX, who won the June giveaway of Carol Fenster’s book, Gluten-Free Celebrations.

  • Book Giveaway by NCA
  • This month’s book giveaway is Murder Gone A-Rye, a murder mystery with gluten-free recipes, by Nancy J. Parra .

    To enter send us an email with your name and mailing address by July 21st.

GF Dining Out

Many thanks to those of you who have added your favorite gluten-free or gluten-free friendly restaurant to our database. Do you visit a restaurant we don’t know about? Help us to expand the directory by adding your favorite GF friendly restaurant here.

Remember you are your own best advocate and must take care to ensure that the kitchen staff understands your needs. NCA members, you may wish to log in to the member area of the website to review the Dining Out Information.

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