To keep food safe from harmful bacteria when picnicking, consumers should follow four basic but important steps:\r\n1. Remember to clean; wash hands, utensils and fresh fruits and vegetables.\r\n2. Keep raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods, and don\u2019t contaminate plates or utensils.\r\n3. Cook food to the proper internal temperature, and check for doneness with a food thermometer.\r\n4. Keep food chilled by packing a cooler with several inches of ice, ice packs or containers of frozen water; the recommended ratio is 75 percent food to 25 percent ice.\r\nDetailed food safety information is available at vdacs.virginia.gov\/food-food-safety.shtml.