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A Bat, A Scorpion, And Now Golf Balls? This Week In Food Safety

Weirder things are prompting food recalls this month. First there was the decomposed bat in Fresh Express salads, then the claim of a scorpion found crawling in Giant spinach. This was topped by the reports of numerous food safety violations at Trump’s expensive Mar-a-Lago club.

This week’s oddity in food safety is a report that crushed golf balls might have been mixed into frozen hash browns. This prompted McCain Foods USA, Inc., to recall bags of their frozen Roundy’s Brand and Harris Teeter Brand of Southern Style Hash Browns.

One can only wonder how golf balls might “have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes.”

The Roundy’s products were distributed at Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick ‘n Save supermarkets in Illinois and Wisconsin. The Harris Teeter products were distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

Only bags with a production code date of B170119 are subject to the recall.

In this case, there is no risk of infection, but there is concern about possible choking hazard or physical injury from the golf balls fragments.

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McCain is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato specialties. Founded in 1956 in New Brunswick, Canada, they now employ over 20,000 people and operate 57 production facilities on six continents. Global sales of the private company total CDN $8.5 billion 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 their other products.

McCain tries to differentiate themselves from the competition in other ways as well. They use a proprietary “batter” recipe they call “Wise Fries™” to keep the fry from absorbing as much oil as traditional fries.

Consumers with concerns or questions about the recall should contact McCain Foods USA, Inc. at 630- 857-4533 (Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST).

It will be interesting to see what can top this for news in food safety.

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