Egg recall tied to salmonella dramatically expands

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials have dramatically expanded a recall of eggs after hundreds of people were sickened by a salmonella outbreak in three states, and possibly more. Initially, 228 million eggs were recalled, but that number was increased to the equivalent of nearly 32 million dozen-egg cartons.

No deaths have been reported from the outbreaks in California, Colorado and Minnesota. Spikes or clusters of suspicious cases have also been reported in Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.

Because the strain involved is the most common form of salmonella, health officials say determining the size of the outbreak is more challenging.

The eggs, from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were distributed around the country and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.

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