Don't play with your balls, kid.

Eh, I wouldn't want to eat them either. (via Thinkstock)

The Finnish public broadcasting company YLE has reported that Kesko, one of Finland's biggest food producers, has had to downgrade its meatballs to simply... well, "balls."

According to YLE, the move came after an "examination of the packaging revealed that it contained only machine-recovered meat, essentially scraps, which are not defined as meat in Finnish law." Apparently, the company thought that "balls" were then a better name than "scrap balls" or "machine-recovered ball-foods."

Balls from one of Kesko's grocery stores. (via K-rouka)


Heta Rautpalo, a product research manager for Ruokakesko (a division of Kesko that produces the zero-meat balls), "observed that it's beneficial to use even the less desirable parts of the animal, as it allows the company to develop low-end products." Mmm, low-end products? Less-desirable parts of the animal? This lady really knows how to get me salivating.

Sources: Yle