Starfish, Inc., a seafood company based in Mukilteo, Washington, has recently completed the requirements to qualify for the Celiac Support 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. Meister’s packaging will feature the Seal to indicate the products are appropriate for a medically prescribed celiac diet.
In order to qualify, Starfish, Inc. 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.
Starfish Inc. is a subsidiary of the Pacific Seafood Group, a family owned business founded in 1946, and based out of Clackamas, Oregon near Portland. Starfish is a Value Added division of PSG and has been in the market now more than 10 years.
Starfish introduced Battered Gluten Free Seafood Halibut, Cod and Haddock Portions in August 2008 after nearly 3 years in development. Starfish saw the need for a high quality and tasty battered fish product that would give those suffering with Celiac Disease and other health issues caused by gluten not just an option but one with an enjoyable experience. Based on the overwhelming response from consumers around the US since its introduction we believe we have accomplished that goal.
Starfish is now developing a Gluten Free Breading with the same goals in mind and after 2 years in development we anticipate introduction of a breaded shrimp and fish to compliment our Gluten Free Battered fish offerings by late summer 2009. Starfish, Inc. can be contacted at [email protected] with comments or questions.
Starfish, Inc. 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, 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, 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, and SunWest Foods. 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 Support 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.