Vegetables are not the wholesome foods we once thought. Despite their purported fountain-of-youth properties, it’s become clear that, in the public consciousness at least, America’s real enemy #1 is green and leafy.

As of Wednesday, three people have died and at least 558 people have fallen ill after an outbreak of salmonella was reported in 33 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The culprit: a malevolent batch of garden cucumbers imported from Mexico.

Yet however menacing it may look, a grocery cucumber isn’t a death sentence for us all. Cucumber distributors have already issued recalls, and the CDC is advising people on which cucumbers you shouldn’t buy if you don’t want a weeklong bout of abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever.

But this isn’t the first time that tainted food has caused salmonella outbreaks, triggering scares across the country. The CDC reports that 1.2 million illnesses and approximately 450 deaths are caused by Salmonella every year in the U.S.

Also according to the CDC, vegetables are often to blame when it comes to food-born illness. A big study surveying the different foods that made Americans sick from 1998 to 2008 found that produce (including fruits, nuts and vegetables) accounted for nearly half of salmonella illnesses. Within produce, leafy vegetables accounted for the most cases.

It’s not like this is news, and vegetable fear-mongering has been going on for years, as evidenced by many a scary produce headline:

FDA bans some cilantro from Mexico, cites human feces in fields, CNN

Cucumbers: Nothing Tastes As Good as Death Feels, Gawker

Sorry, Foodies: We’re About to Ruin Kale, Mother Jones

Pumpkin, turnips and swedes: the most dangerous vegetables revealed, The Telegraph

Fear your vegetables: E.coli outbreak in Germany, Zurika

Germans Fear the Cucumber, Boise Weekly

Are Tainted Tomatoes, Beef and Lemons Worth the Food Fright? Popular Mechanics

Lessons on how to eat ‘scary’ fruit and vegetables, Daily Mail

Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You, Nautilus

Deadly Meats & Vegetables and How They Kill You, Independent Living

10 Everyday Fruits and Vegetables that are Poisonous, Scribol

The 10 Most Toxic Fruits and Vegetables, TakePart

Vegetables sure can be terrifying. That being said, you’re still more likely to be killed by a hippo, a volcano, or to be struck by lightning than you are to be killed by a vegetable.

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