New National Celiac Association Expands Needed Support for Celiac Patients

The National Celiac Association is dedicated to the mission of education, advocacy, and outreach for individuals with celiac disease (CD) and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), their families, and communities. With the recent acquisition of the Celiac Support Association (CSA), the New England Celiac Organization (NECO) with offices in Boston and Nebraska is launching a national platform and renaming the organization the National Celiac Association (NCA). With the new growth, the NCA will now be able to offer its services across the nation.

Individuals with celiac disease must observe a lifelong gluten-free diet. Omitting wheat, barley, and rye is mandatory for this autoimmune disease. CD, as well as NCGS, continues to be a mystery to many, often confused with a dietary choice to avoid foods containing gluten. However, those undiagnosed with CD can experience a variety of symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, pain, fatigue, and infertility.

The newly founded NCA will continue the former CSA’s Gluten-Free Certification Program which offers a seal of recognition. Recognition Seal products are tested using the most sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and other relevant validated tests available in the United States, the lowest level of testing in the nation at 5 parts per million. CSA’s members will also continue to be an integral aspect of the association.

One of the NCA’s immediate objectives will be to further develop the Gluten-Free Food Bank, created last year as a pilot program in Massachusetts. The food bank aims to supplement food assistance programs with gluten-free options, addressing the problem of those diagnosed with CD and NCGS who may not have the resources to purchase gluten-free food that can be quite…

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