Warning about suspicious packages of seeds appearing to be from China

USDA

If you’ve received a mysterious package of seeds in the mail lately, don’t plant them.

Agriculture departments in KansasKentuckyOhioSouth Carolina and Washington state are among the state agencies that have issued warnings.

The packages typically have Chinese characters on the label and contain a sealed packet of unknown seeds that some state agriculture departments say could be invasive plant species.

The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar seed packets have been received recently in several other locations across the United States.

If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT plant these seeds. If they are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package.

Please report seeds received to youe agricultural department above or contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Anti-smuggling Hotline by calling 800-877-3835 or by emailing SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.

if possible, please retain the original packaging, as that information may be useful to trade compliance officers as they work through this issue.

Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet important requirements.

 





 

Related story:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/us/unsolicited-seed-packages-china-trnd/index.html

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