Celiac Support Association

CSA Recognition Seal Program Requirements


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The CSA Recognition Seal displayed on product packaging or menu items consists of the CSA registered trademark five crossed grain symbol. It can appear with or without accompanying text. The CSA Recognition Seal denotes products that are free (less than 5 ppm) of wheat, barley, rye, oats, their crosses and derivatives in product, processing and packaging (WBRO-free).

The CSA Recognition Seal is a certification program reserved for the “Best of the Best” in the most risk-free choices and requirements exceed the “gluten-free” definitions by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and adopted by the international Codex Alimentarius Commission.

These requirements include:
  • Thorough ingredient review and sourcing. Ingredient review includes written documentation of ingredient specifications, Celiac and Allergen Check Lists, and documentation of ingredient sources for potentially questionable ingredients such as vanilla extract, flavorings, maltodextrin, vinegar, etc. to assure the most WBRO-free product.
  • Facility review. To assure WBRO-free processing, written documentation of allergen control plans, sanitation plans, and/or HACCP plans are required. Documentation of best practices procedures for receiving raw ingredients, storage, processing, and packaging are required. Employee sanitation procedures and training procedures for controlling cross or outside contamination are included in the facility plan. Facilities may be audited as a part of this procedure.
  • Inspection of packaging materials. Packaging samples are provided to assure that no WBRO materials are included within packaging and that packaging procedures and materials eliminate the possibility of outside contamination after products leave the production facility.
  • Testing. Verification of the absence of WBRO in ingredients and processing is accomplished through testing at the University of Nebraska Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) laboratory using the RBiopharm RIDASCREEN ® Gliadin ELISA test. This test, which is equally cross-reactive with gliadin/gluten for wheat, rye and barley has a lower limit of quantification of 5 parts per million (ppm) or best test for product. Only products which test below level of quantification are accepted for the CSA Recognition Seal Program. Products qualifying in the Innovation Category that the ELISA is not appropriate, additional research assesment tools are required to determine a toxicity level below 5 ppm.

Download a request for information form or contact CSA at our toll free number 877-CSA-4-CSA or by email at [email protected]

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