Celiac Support Association

World Wise Grains Joins CSA Recognition Seal Program

  • Press Release
  • For Immediate Release
  • July 21, 2009

World Wise Grains, the makers of Arzu, 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. World Wise Grains packaging will feature the CSA Recognition Seal to indicate the products are appropriate for a medically prescribed celiac diet.

In order to qualify, World Wise Grains 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.

World Wise Grains began as a tragic tale of Hurrican Katrina, with a frantic relocation to Austin, Texas, that brought together Louisiana natives Kim Wirth and Kristen Erdem. Together they founded World Wise Grains. Determined to create healthy, delicious, and convenient, whole grain foods, Kim and Kristen developed a blend of buckwheat, quinoa, garbanzo bean and northern bean flakes and named it Arzu, the Turkish word for hope. Arzu takes only minutes to prepare and can be served “everyday a different way”. It is great as a warm breakfast cereal, quick lunch, savory side dish, spicy appetizer or flour, oatmeal or bread crumb replacement in baking and cooking. Flavors include original, chai, and southwest. Arzu is gluten-free, heart-healthy, diabetic friendly and contains 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving. Now in development by World Wise Grains is an Ethiopian blend called Tasfa—the Ethiopian word for hope. Visit the World Wise Grains website at www.worldwisegrains.com for more information and Arzu recipes.

World Wise Grains joins Recognition Seal Program participating manufacturers AgVanced Enterprises, Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods, Bay State Milling Company, BlueDominoes, Cali Fine Foods, Canino Sausage Company, Chebe Bread Products, 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, Goose Valley Natural Foods, 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, 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.

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