The Black Farmer® Supports

Coeliac Awareness Week

10 – 16 May, 2010.

I will be championing a range of initiatives supporting Coeliac Awareness Week.

“Get Tested” will be my mantra encouraging people not to suffer in silence.  All The Black Farmer® packs will have eye-catching stickers during this period.  Visitors to The Black Farmer website can view mini-films with experts explaining what symptoms to look out for, as well as the first hand views of sufferers.  They can get advice on what foods to avoid as well as find a directory of support groups up and down the country.

I am also launching a series of Awards to highlight companies and individuals for their role in providing useful information, products and facilities for sufferers.

There are many hidden heroes out there who are doing amazing things to support Coeliac sufferers in the UK – from enthusiastic bloggers who provide extraordinary amounts of useful information, to restaurants with delicious gluten free menus and holiday hotels who are happy to cater for Coeliacs, to supermarkets who are putting more and more gluten free products on their shelves.  I want to help showcase their work to the benefit of all Coeliac sufferers.

People can log on to and vote for their particular hero in the following categories:

Best Gluten Free Menu

Best Gluten Free Holiday Hotel

Best Gluten Free Information Provider

Coeliac disease is a wheat intolerance that affects the lining of the gut. Sufferers experience a number of symptoms, which can often be put down to other things.

At least one in one hundred people suffers with Coeliac disease, with more being diagnosed every year.  Modern medicine has advanced sufficiently that anyone who worries that they may have the disease can “Get tested” with a simple screening blood test.   The Coeliac Screening blood test measures antibodies in the blood to Gluten or Gliaden in the diet and the damaged Endomysial muscle of the bowel.


* Coeliac UK, the country’s leading authority on Coeliac disease, conducted a sausage tasting for its Crossed Grain magazine Spring issue.  The panel tasted 17 of the leading gluten free sausages out of which The Black Farmer was voted clear ‘Favourite’ and ‘Best All Rounder’.  Tasters were asked to rate the sausages on the basis of meatiness, texture, flavour, appearance and value for money.

And the Kids Choice?  The Black Farmer’s Daughter Premium Pork chipolatas got the thumbs up from the youngsters thanks to their great texture.

Read the full article here.


~ by theblackfarmer on May 10, 2010.

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