McCain Foods USA is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states, because the product may have pieces of golf balls that were “inadvertently harvested” with potatoes and then chopped up during the manufacturing process, creating a potential choking hazard.
Golfers who hit errant shots on courses or driving ranges located near potato fields have apparently prompted a recall of a potato product, CNBC reported.
McCain Foods USA is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states that may include pieces of golf balls, CNBC reported. While no injuries have been reported, the pieces could create a potential choking hazard.
The company is recalling two-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
It is also recalling Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns from Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick ‘n Save stores in Illinois and Wisconsin.
The hash browns being recalled have the production code B170119 on the back of the bag.
McCain Foods USA’s recall notice said the golf balls were “inadvertently harvested” along with the potatoes and chopped up during the manufacturing process, CNBC reported. No details were provided on the location of farms or manufacturing plants involved with the production of the recalled product.
McCain is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato specialties, Forbes reported. Founded in 1956 in New Brunswick, Canada, the company now employs over 20,000 people and operates 57 production facilities on six continents, with global sales of the private company totaling $8.5 billion (Canadian) annually.
The company uses over 6.5 million tons of potatoes every year and produces one in every three French fries in the world, in addition to other products, Forbes reported
Predictably, the media had a field day with the recall announcement, with The Washington Post calling the affected product “harsh browns”and Golfweek commenting that “this is not your ordinary ‘breakfast ball’” (referring to the term sometimes used for a mulligan in golf).