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Potato Recall: Don't Eat Your Hash Browns Cold

Potatoe Recall

The latest recall makes the point that you should not eat your hash browns cold. Make sure they are well cooked according to the instructions on the package.

Friday, Feb 22, 2009, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a consumer advisory for some potato products. The recalled products are "cold" or refrigerated potato products made by Northern Star Co.

The voluntary recall was issued after testing found Listeria bacteria in a sample of Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns.

The refrigerated potato products should be properly cooked to ensure that they are safe to eat. When undercooked, the bacteria may not be killed. So be sure you cook those potatoes well.

Products included in the recall are hash browns, wedges and slices under the brand names Simply Potatoes, Diners Choice and Farm Fresh with "use by" dates of March 29, 2009, to April 3, 2009.

Simply Potatoes -- Shredded Hash Browns – 20 oz. bag
UPC 20169-22233

Simply Potatoes -- Southwest Style Hash Browns – 20 oz. bag
UPC 20169-22236

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Simply Potatoes -- Homestyle Slices – 20 oz. bag
UPC 20169-22237

Simply Potatoes -- Red Potato Wedges – 20 oz. bag
UPC 20169-22238

Diners Choice -- Shredded Hash Browns – 2 lb. bag
UPC 20169-22223

Farm Fresh -- Shredded Hash Browns – 16 oz. bag
UPC 20169-22533

At this time, there are no reports of illness associated with consumption of these products.

Infections due to Listeria can cause fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. Infections are rare in healthy people, but can cause fatal infections in high-risk groups such as infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. It can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Anyone who believes they may have become ill after eating any of the recalled products are asked to contact their health care provider and the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline toll free number at 1-877-366-3455.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture