Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director of the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, had the following comment on Congress' repeal of the warning label on saccharin-containing products.
Is the food in your refrigerator safe after the power goes out?
Keep your refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Food should be safe if the power is out for no more than four hours.
If you’re expecting an outage, freeze water in plastic bags—or buy frozen cold packs—in advance. Move them from freezer to refrigerator as soon as the power goes out. A few packs of ice on each shelf and in the fruit and vegetable drawers can help keep the food below 40°F for longer.