A recall of eggs linked to a salmonella outbreak is being dramatically expanded to 380 million eggs. The recall includes Georgia and 16 other states.
Health officials said Wednesday that hundreds of people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in three states and possibly more. But no deaths have been reported.
A recall first announced last week was expanded from 228 million to 380 million eggs - the equivalent of nearly 32 million dozen-egg cartons.
While consumers would be able to directly check whether eggs they've bought are included in the recall, it would be tougher to know whether restaurants they may dine at have checked their stock.
Oscar Garrison with Georgia's Department of Agriculture says restaurant chains and store owners need to due their part for consumer safety:
"Hopefully the chains and also the small "mom and pop's" (restaurants) have been made aware of this and they are checking-out their supplier of eggs to see if they were implicated."
Eggs from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were linked to several illnesses in the three states. Thoroughly cooking eggs can kill the bacteria. But health officials are recommending people throw away or return the recalled eggs.
Salmonella is a common bacterial form of food poisoning. The strain in this outbreak is the most common of salmonella, accounting for roughly 20 percent of all salmonella food poisonings.
Georgia consumers can learn more about the recall by going to the state's Department of Agriculture website: agr.georgia.gov.
Contributors: Edgar Treiguts