Frozen Hash Browns Recalled for Accidentally Including Pieces of Golf Balls

via Wegman's

We publish recall news for various reasons. Sometimes it's to serve as a public safety alert and sometimes it's to shed light on the realities of prepackaged food.

Other times, as now, we choose to share these stories because they are so bonkers and weird that we just can’t help ourselves. And with that!

Last week, McCain Foods, a Canadian company best known as the largest producer of frozen potato products in the world, issued a recall for a batch of frozen hash browns sold under three store names: Roundy’s, Harris Teeter, and, most recently, Wegman’s. These hash browns were found, after consumer complaint, to contain literal chunks of golf balls. Here’s some of the official statement from McCain, via The Morning Call:

McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced today it is expanding the voluntary recall of retail, frozen hash brown products that may contain golf ball materials, specifically hard plastic or rubber pieces, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.

Judging by the word “harvested,” it seems fair to assume that golf balls were gathered up in potato fields along with the much more delicious but similarly shaped, potatoes. Were some dads practicing their drives near a potato field? Is there a nearby golf course that hosts some spectacularly bad golfers? We posed these questions to McCain Foods, but have yet to hear back.

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In the meantime, the FDA’s site has a full list of the product codes of the recalled hash browns so you can be sure not to eat any golf balls.

Frozen Hash Browns Recalled for Accidentally Including Pieces of Golf Balls