Mystery seeds from China are landing in Americans' mail boxes

  

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 Mystery seeds from China are landing in Americans' mail boxes
Anyone who gets a packet of seeds "should store them safely in a place children and pets cannot access," and then email the USDA immediately

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 Agriculture officials in multiple states issued warnings Monday about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them. In Kentucky, the state agriculture department was notified that several residents received unsolicited seed packets sent by mail that appeared to have originated in China, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.

The types of seeds are unknown and could be harmful, Quarles said, stressing that they should not be planted.

"We don't know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States," he said. "We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world and we need to keep it that way."

Anyone in Kentucky receiving packages of foreign or unfamiliar seeds should contact the state agriculture department immediately, Quarles said.

"At this point in time, we don't have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bio-terrorism," he said. "Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment."

Residents of at least eight states have now received suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China, with officials in each urging people not to plant them, according to the Reuters news agency.

The agency was "aware that people across the country have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days," Reuters reported, quoting the statement.

In North Carolina, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said it was contacted by numerous people who received seed shipments they did not order. The agency said the shipments were likely the product of an international internet scam known as "brushing."

"According to the Better Business Bureau, foreign, third-party 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 the state's Plant Industry Division.

New York Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball said in a statement Monday that his office had also fielded "a few" queries from residents who got unsolicited "packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry but which actually contain plant seeds."

Ball confirmed that the USDA was investigating, and told residents not to handle or plant the seeds.

He said anyone who gets a packet of seeds "should store them safely in a place children and pets cannot access," and then email the USDA immediately at erich.l.glasgow@usda.gov with their full names and phone numbers, pictures of the packaging, "and any other relevant information."


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Sean Treacy
1  seeder  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Be alert!.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

"China’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that mailing labels on the seed packages were forged, and China has asked the U.S. to return the packages to China for investigation. The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, D.C., didn’t immediately comment."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/agriculture-department-states-investigate-foreign-seed-packages

 
 
 
Sparty On
3  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

Maybe they are from Wang Shu Appleseed .....

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

Why isn't the USDA testing these seeds?

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
5  Release The Kraken    2 weeks ago

I'd advise against using the Chinese suppositories even if you are a Marxist sympathizer and refer to your friends as comrade. They may not be safe for orifice use.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Was there no way to determine the actual origin of the packages?  The article indicates that they "appeared" to have originated, and that they were "allegedly" sent from...   If the package labelling was in fact forged that was a very crude way to try to smear China, and since smearing China is one of the directives in the O'Donnell Republican "Covid" playbook, there should at least be a proper investigation before blaming anyone. 

 
 
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