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Unsolicited, Mislabeled Seeds Appearing Across U.S.
New York Ag Connection - 07/28/2020

New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball on Monday issued a statement as part of a nationwide alert to consumers and others about unsolicited seeds arriving at homes.

"Our office has received questions from a few New Yorkers who have received unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry but which actually contain plant seeds. Similar packages have been received in other states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating," Ball said.

People who receive seeds should not plant or handle the seeds. They should store them safely in a place children and pets cannot access and email USDA immediately at for instructions. Seeds imported into the United States are rigorously tested to ensure quality and prevent introduction of invasive species, insects and diseases. We will continue to monitor this issue and will pass along guidance as it is received from USDA.

Consumers who receive such seed packets should email USDA with their full names and telephone numbers, pictures of the package and any other relevant information.

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