Omission Beer, the line of gluten- free beer products from Oregon- based Craft Brew Alliance, has received an important endorsement from the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), the largest non- profit celiac support organization in the United States.
The CSA announced yesterday that Omission beer products have met the tough requirements to earn the CSA Recognition Seal. Approximately 1,100 products on the market currently have this important and reassuring designation, confirming they are completely safe for those who suffer from celiac disease. Through rigorous testing, Omission beer products have been confirmed worthy of the gluten- free standard of less than 20 parts per million.
“We take very seriously our mission of ‘celiacs helping celiacs.’ Omission Beer clearly meets our strict standards as a risk-free choice for Celiacs,” said Mary Schluckebier, executive director of the Celiac Sprue Association. “As innovative manufacturing processes and gluten-detection methods emerge, the variety of food and beverage choices for celiacs and other gluten sensitive consumers is expanding. Omission Beer is an important — and delicious — example.”
Craft Brew Alliance CEO Terry Michaelson has celiac disease himself and he was particularly proud of the endorsement from CSA.
“As a celiac disease sufferer, I know first- hand the challenges that our customers face in making confident choices about food and beverages,” said Michaelson. “The stringent requirements of the Celiac Sprue Association’s Recognition Seal help empower consumers to explore new products, and we’re thrilled that Omission has joined the list of approved brands.”
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that inflicts about 1% of the population. The disease interferes with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and those who have celiac often find it very difficult to find safe foods and beverages for everyday consumption. The reason it is so difficult is because gluten is found in so many foods. A person diagnosed with celiac has to avoid barley, oats, rye, and wheat, all of which are common ingredients in thousands of processed foods.
Beer is normally off limits for celiac disease sufferers, but with the CSA Recognition Seal, Omission beer can be consumed with confidence. It’s one less thing those inflicted with celiac disease have to worry about.