Hash Brown Recall Due To Extraneous Golf Ball Materials

OK, so this is one of the most bizarre recall notices I've ever read.

Every so often, a company or food manufacturer will have to issue a recall of one or more of its items. Typically, something at the factory in which the product is manufactured is suspected to possibly be contaminated with some sort of dangerous virus, and to play it safe, companies recall the product to ensure the safety of its customers.

And sometimes, apparently, products are recalled because they are suspected to contain not viruses, but little chopped-up pieces of golf balls inside of them.

Yup. Golf balls.

In a statement posted by the FDA, McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of its two-pound frozen bags of Roundy's Brand and Harris Teeter Brand Southern Style Hash Browns, saying that they might contain pieces of golf balls.


"McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling retail, frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product," the company said. "Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth."

The products that are being recalled are two have a manufactured date of January 19, 2017, with a production code date of B170119, which you can find on the back of your hash brown packaging.

Obviously, McCain Foods is urging consumers not to ingest any of the potentially contaminated items, and requests that you either dispose of your hash browns or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

As of April 24, nobody has phoned in to report an injury associated with consuming the hash browns, so I guess there's always a silver living to these types of whacky situations.