Mystery seeds from China are landing in Americans’ mailboxes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified some of the plant species in bags of unsolicited seeds arriving in mailboxes across the United States. Officials have warned the shipments of mystery seeds, which appear to have originated in China, could be invasive plant species.
So far, however, the species appear to be innocuous. At least 14 of the seed species had been identified as of July 29, according to Deputy Administrator Osama El-Lissy of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. They includes mustard, cabbage and morning glory as well as herbs like mint, sage, rosemary and lavender. He said hibiscus and roses were also found.
CBS News confirmed that residents in all 50 states have reported receiving the suspicious packages of seeds. The USDA said if you receive the packets of seeds, do not plant them and contact your state plant regulatory official.
Prior to identifying the seeds, government officials voiced concern and warnings that these mailed seeds could be an invasive species that have potential to wreak havoc on domestic crops and livestock. All 50 states have advised residents to not plant seeds they have not ordered themselves for environmental national security.
500 people have reported mystery seeds in their mailboxes
The so-called mystery seeds are sprouting up all over the place. More than 500 reports have been filed with state health officials with the department of agriculture. It’s not uncommon for those who do a lot of online shopping to get a lot of different items in their mail.
Several hundred Wisconsin residents have received these unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds or what appear to be seeds that appear to have originated from china or potentially other countries.
Officials with the state’s department of agriculture trade and consumer protection say it’s too common for it to be a simple mistake of address and some of these people aren’t just getting seeds. We’ve also been notified of some people receiving other unsolicited packages that contain some other kind of small items.
We’ve heard of things like nail clippers or a small fan or any number of small unsolicited items that people didn’t order. Whether it’s a pair of clippers or a bag of seeds the advice on what to do is the same. We have no evidence of anything malicious happening here.FOX6 News Milwaukee
The USDA later urged anyone who receives an unsolicited seed package to contact their state plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director immediately. “Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins,” it said Tuesday.
Maryland agriculture officials said in a tweet they were working with the USDA to investigate seeds sent to residents there and warned people not to plant them.
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So, DO NOT PLANT THE SEEDS !