Created: July 06, 2020 10:43 AM
(ABC 6 News) - Believed to be the first of its kind for any hospital nationwide, Mayo Clinic opens its first gluten-free kitchen in Rochester.
Items will be available for staff and visitors starting July 13. The gluten-free kitchen was built in part to support the world-class celiac disease research program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
The gluten-free kitchen follows strict ingredients, preparation and packaging processes to prevent gluten-containing products from coming in contact with the gluten-free food. This program also expands the options for those with celiac or other gluten sensitivities.
A designated gluten-free zone will be available for visitors and employees at Mayo Clinic Food Services locations, items can be identified by the gluten-free icon on the packaging.
A pilot program with gluten-free items for Rochester inpatients also will begin July 20.
Patients with regular, gluten-free diets can order meals from the new gluten-free menu. They will use the same ordering process they use now. They are asked to place their orders one day in advance.
The culinary staff at the gluten-free kitchen will prepare and package individual meals for delivery to the hospitals for delivery to the patient by trained patient dining associates. This pilot menu will supplement the current gluten-avoidant offerings available for patients. This menu is expected to expand in 2021.
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