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Hash Browns Recalled, May Contain Golf Ball Parts

| by Sarah Zimmerman

McCain Foods USA issued a voluntary recall of its frozen hash browns, saying the products may contain golf ball parts.

The company announced the recall on April 21, saying in a statement that "despite our stringent supply standards," golf ball materials "may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product."

The products affected are its Harris Teeter Brand 2-pound bag of frozen Southern Style Hash Browns and its Roundy’s Brand 2-pound bag of Southern Style Hash Browns.

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The statement says the Roundy's Brand was distributed to grocery stores in Illinois and Wisconsin, while the Harris Teeter Brand was distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland. 

Only products distributed after Jan. 19, 2017, with the production code B170119 on the back of the bag are being recalled.

The golf ball parts could be a choking hazard and could pose "other physical injury to the mouth."

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"Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them," the statement reads. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."

McCain Foods USA is the American division of McCain Foods Limited, an international frozen food company that employees 20,000 people in more than 47 facilities on six continents.The company says it is "the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato specialties," and that it also produces frozen appetizers, vegetables and desserts. The company has eight production facilities in the U.S., but it did not say which facility was responsible for the mishap.

"Food safety remains a top priority for McCain Foods USA, Inc. and we have full confidence that all appropriate steps are being taken to protect our consumers," the company wrote in its statement. "McCain is working cooperatively with the Food & Drug Administration and the respective supermarkets to ensure the affected products are removed from the marketplace."

Consumers were mostly confused as to how the golf ball parts actually ended up in the hash browns.

"I have SO many questions," wrote one Twitter user.

"Managers practicing their chipping skills into the potato grinder again?" another joked.

However, not all users took the news so lightly.

"Why would a food processing plant have golf ball material in its process anyway? Sounds like food safety tampering," one user said.

The company did not immediately respond to a Huffington Post request on how the golf ball parts made their way into the harvesting process.

Sources: FDA, Twitter (2), The Huffington Post / Photo credit: cheeseslave/Flickr, FDA via The Huffington Post

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