Golf ball fragments force McCain hash brown recall

McCain Foods USA Inc. announced Monday it is voluntarily recalling retail, frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with pieces of golf ball materials. The product has a universal product code of 007203649020.

"Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth", the company said in a statement on Friday.

Recently a food company had to recall frozen hashbrowns because the potatoes contained pieces of golf balls in them.

Also affected are browns sold in IL and Wisconsin under the Roundys label.

A hash browns recall has been issued by Harris Teeter in what's got to be one of the strangest food contamination situations.

The Food and Drug Administration says the company - a division of Canadian food conglomerate McCain Foods Ltd. - is recalling several brands of hash browns, all of which were made on January 19, 2017.

"McCain is working cooperatively with the Food & Drug Administration and the respective supermarkets to ensure the affected products are removed from the marketplace".

Just a few weeks ago, a salad product from Fresh Express was recalled because of a different unwanted ingredient: A bat that was found in a single packaged salad.

Ben Chapman, a food-safety specialist and an associate professor at North Carolina State University, told Live Science that large food companies will use mechanical harvesters to pick their produce products. So far no injuries have been reported.

  • Zachary Reyes