Harris Teeter’s and Roundy’s frozen food brands have issued a voluntary recall of their boxed frozen hash browns products stating that they could have been possibly contaminated with gold ball materials. Yes, you read that right, golf balls.
In this voluntary manufacturer’s recall, the distributor comments that the golf balls “may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Essentially, golf balls may have been present in the fields where they harvest the potatoes and then tossed, with the potatoes, into the processing unit.
According to a report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consuming these products could actually pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth.
The brands are distributed by McCain Foods USA. Fortunately, these products are only distributed in limited markets—only nine states and the capitol area—so the recall is not too wide spread. Harris Teeter products are distributed in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Roundy’s products are distributed in Illinois and Wisconsin via Mariano’s, Metro Market, and Pick ‘n’ Save supermarkets.
Here are the products listed in the recall:
• Harris Teeter Brand 2 lb bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (applies only to boxes with the UPC 007203649020)
• Roundy’s Brand 2 lb bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (applies only the boxes with the UPC 001115055019)
The recall lists that the distribution of these products would have taken place after January 19, of this year. Of course, the companies advise all customers who have purchased these products not to consume them and, of course, to throw them away or return to their place of purchase. Fortunately, no injuries have yet been reported in association with this potential hazard.
McCain Foods USA, of course, attests they have “stringent supply standards” but have not, so far, detailed how this—albeit odd—problem could have occurred.
The company also assures that no other products—whether under these names or otherwise—have been effected by this hazard; no other recalls are necessary.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact McCain Foods USA directly via phone at 630.857.4533 between the hours of 9am and 6pm CST, daily.