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Food safety precautions urged during power outages

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State health officials are urging Minnesotans who've experienced weather-related power outages to take food safety precautions.

Food in refrigerators and freezers can become spoiled if the power goes out and may cause illness if eaten, officials said.

"Do not trust your eyes or sense of smell to determine if food has gone bad," said Aggie Leitheiser, assistant commissioner of health.

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