Fore!: Hash brown recall in US over suspected golf ball contamination
The bizarre contamination has hit Roundy’s and Harris Teeter brands of hash browns.
McCain Foods USA recalled its frozen hash browns that may contain "extraneous golf ball materials," on Friday, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced.
The golf ball materials “may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes” used to make hash browns, the company said.
The statement warned that while there have been no reported injuries associated with the hash browns in question, consuming the products could pose a choking hazard or mouth injury.
The potentially golf ball-peppered hash browns were made on January 19, 2017, and have the production code date B170119.
The Harris Teeter hashbrowns were distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
The Roundy’s hash browns were distributed in Illinois and Wisconsin, at Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick ‘n Save stores.
Perhaps the oddest food recall ever? Hash browns may contain bits of golf balls. https://t.co/FObd7Qxhva— Prof Chris Elliott (@QUBFoodProf) April 23, 2017
The announcement has left many unanswered questions, like what exactly are “golf ball materials” and how could they have wound up being harvested with potatoes?
How the HELL can golf balls be "near the potatoes" in a food processing plant???https://t.co/IkXvoCYR9d— Serial Gramma (@SerialGramma) April 23, 2017
@kimseverson I have *so many* questions that this article does nothing to answer. 😂— Anita/MarriedwDinner (@MarriedWDinner) April 23, 2017
-Wtf is "golf ball materials"?— snow BLACK (@undeNAIYAble) April 23, 2017
-How tf did it get it HASH BROWNS? 😐😂 https://t.co/BORFpdaESY
Golf balls are usually made of plastic and rubber and can have a rubber or liquid filled center.
According to McCain’s website, it uses a small percentage of “corporate farm operations” to ensure they have a sufficient supply of potatoes, but most potatoes it uses are “grown by independent growers” who contract with McCain.
“McCain agronomists work closely with farmers to help them constantly improve the quality and yield of their crops,” the company says, but perhaps that’s where the possible golf ball contamination occurred.