Hash browns recalled by maker because they have golf-ball bits in them

This story gives new meaning to “smothered and covered.”

North Carolina food maker McCain Foods is recalling a batch of its frozen hash browns because they discovered tiny golf ball pieces in the mixture. In their recall notice, McCain explained that the golf balls and potatoes for the hash browns were apparently “inadvertently harvested” and were chopped up together to make the hash browns.

Specifically, the company is recalling 2-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. The company is also recalling Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns from Marianos, Metro Market and Pick `n Save stores in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Of course, the company didn’t explain how it was that there were golf balls that were harvested with potatoes, but someone has some explaining to do. Maybe one of the supplying farms is next to a golf course. Maybe a farmer just loves hitting golf balls into the potato patch — and the kind of forgot about that before harvesting time.

Fortunately, no one has been hurt by eating crushed-up golf balls with their hash browns.

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