McCain recalls hash browns because they contain pieces of plastic

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CHIP maker McCain has recalled packets of frozen hash browns after some were found to contain pieces of plastic.

Customers who have bought affected bags are being advised not to take any risks by eating them.

The packs of hash browns are sold at almost all leading supermarkets

The popular breakfast treats, which are often eaten with a full English breakfast, are sold in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Ocado and cost £1.80.

The packets believed to contain the stray ingredient weigh 625g each and have a best before date of September 2020.

They also have a quality number of W25032019 which can be found on the white square at the bottom of the rear side of the packaging, underneath the best before date.

Affected batches also have a production time of between 12:00 and 23:59 which can also be found on the packaging.

Your product recall rights

PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it’s often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don’t there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

If you think you have a pack at home, you should return it to the shop where they bought it in exchange for a full refund. You don’t need to bring the receipt with you.

In a recall notice issued on the Food Standard Agency’s website, McCain said that it was recalling the hash browns as a “precautionary measure”.

It read: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”


Other recalls to look out for include Nestle Dolca chocolate bars that are usually stocked in Poundstretcher.

Meanwhile, Cow & Gate has urgently recalled baby food because it could contain pieces of blue rubber.

And Costa Coffee has recalled its chicken and bacon pasta salad due to deadly allergy fears.


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