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Don’t touch that lettuce just yet!

They SWORE that it was over. They INSISTED that it was safe. And they URGED Americans to go back to nibbling lettuce like a nation of bunnies.

I hope you didn’t listen to that nonsense!

Despite the feds’ insistence, people are still getting sick — and still DYING — over tainted greens, especially lettuce.

Beyond that it was romaine lettuce grown in Arizona, they never quite figured exactly what caused the deadly E. coli outbreak that has quickly vanished from the headlines.

Since more than 90 percent of the country’s winter lettuce supply comes from Arizona, that ain’t exactly detective work.

Despite not fully understanding the cause, they declared the outbreak to be over on May 16. They claimed that since the last harvest out of Arizona was in mid-April, we’re now past the shelf life of that lettuce – so anything you buy is likely from somewhere else.

Whoops.

Looks like that might’ve been some DEADLY bit of incompetence, courtesy of your most neglectful relative, Uncle Sam — because FIVE MORE DEATHS have now been reported from tainted lettuce, and more than two dozen people have gotten sick.

So much for “over.”

The CDC said that “most” of the new victims first started feeling sick before the May 16 all-clear announcement.

Catch that? “Most.”

They still don’t know what the heck’s going on out there… or if it’s even the lettuce they’ve been blaming all along.

“Some people who became sick did not report eating romaine lettuce,” the CDC claimed, but the agency is still blaming the lettuce, because these people “had close contact with someone else who got sick from eating romaine lettuce.”

Sure, that could be true.

But it could also be true that the agency really hasn’t figured out what the problem is… or if it was somewhere else in the food chain.

For example, maybe it started out as winter lettuce from Arizona. But is there a distribution facility along the way that handled it… and is now handling the spring and summer lettuce or some other type of greens?

Who knows?!

So, forget the “all clear” signal and watch out for what you’re eating. That lettuce might not be so safe after all, and it could even end up being another form of produce altogether.

Buy local and organic when you can, and always give greens a soak in a mix of water and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

Give everything a quick rinse, and you’re good to go.

Want some nightmare fuel? Check out the leftover water after you pull the veggies out. Yeah. All THAT was in your food.

No wonder people are getting sick!

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