Staffer Faith Fageroos prepares an allergenfree meal at EssentiaSt Joseph39s dedicated allergenfree quotpurplequot production area in a corner of the production kitchen

Staffer Faith Fageroos prepares an allergen-free meal at Essentia-St. Joseph's dedicated allergen-free "purple" production area in a corner of the production kitchen.

Hospital designs safe space for allergen-free prep

A separate area in the Essentia-St. Joseph kitchen is being used to make meals for patients with food allergies.

Like many other dining operations across the country, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn., has had to cope with a growing number of diners reporting allergies to various foods. Initially, this was dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but now there’s a more solid solution: the purple station.

The purple station is a separate prep area in the hospital kitchen with its own equipment and tools to minimize risk of cross-contamination while allowing a

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