Power failures from storms can cause foods to become spoiled and cause illness if eaten, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. To prevent illness, follow basic food safety advice.
"Do not trust your eyes or sense of smell to determine if food has gone bad," said assistant commissioner of health Aggie Leitheiser. "Food may be unsafe to eat, even if it doesn't look or smell bad. The old adage applies: when in doubt, throw it out."
The department's advice to people without power:
Additional advice during hot and stormy weather:
Restaurants and other food businesses can call MDH at 651-201-4500 or their local health department for more information about food safety during power outages.
More information is available at www.health.state.mn.us/foodsafety/emergency/index.html.