The USDA and agriculture officials in multiple states have issued warnings about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them.
“USDA” is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China,” the USDA’s Animal and plant Health Inspection (APHIS) said in a statement today.
Residents in several states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia have received these suspicious packages of seeds.
“According to the Better Business Bureau, foreign, third-part sellers use your address and Amazon information to generate a fake sale and positive review to boost their product ratings,” said Phil Wilson, director of North Carolina state’s Plant Industry Division.
The USDA has urged anyone who receives an unsolicited seed package to contact their state plant regulatory official or APHS State Plant health director immediately. “Please hold onto the seed and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contact you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins,” it said Tuesday.
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