Hash Browns are being recalled because they might contain the same material used to make golf balls. If you purchased Harris Teeter or Roundy's hash browns, you should not eat them because it would be dangerous to your health if you did. If the hash browns are contaminated, they could cause injury to the mouth.

Voluntary recall

In a statement last Friday, McCain Foods USA said the company voluntarily recalled the product even though there were no reports of injuries. The food company wants to make sure no consumer will get injured if its suspicion is correct.

It is a big mystery how Golf Ball materials might have ended up in the breakfast food. The statements issued by McCain Foods and the FDA did not specify how the golf ball materials could possibly have become mixed with the potatoes.

The Roundy's products are reportedly sold and being recalled in Illinois and Wisconsin at Metro Market, Marianos, and Pick 'n Save grocery chains. Harris Teeter hash browns were sold to grocery stores in Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Golf ball materials

The southern-style frozen hash browns may or may not have the same materials used to make golf balls, but McCain Foods USA has good reason to suspect that they do. According to the company's calculations, the contaminated frozen hash browns would be the two-pound bags of Roundy’s Brand and Harris Teeter Brand that were prepared on or after January 19, 2017.

Other recent recalls

It is not unusual for foods to be recalled from grocery stores from time to time.

The reasons vary; however, this is the first time golf ball materials have been the suspected cause. Earlier this month, Fresh Express recalled cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix because two people reported a dead bat in their bag of salad. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed their stories. Unfortunately, the bat fragments had deteriorated to the point that the CDC could not rule out whether or not the bats had rabies.

Since the beginning of the year, a total of seven recalls have been issued for different foods. The reasons have included bacterial contamination, chemical contamination, misbranding, mislabeling, missing allergen information and other issues. However, this is the first time golf ball materials have been accused of contaminating food.

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