Bad Seed

USDA investigates packages of unsolicited seeds from China

  • 30 July 2020
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Bad Seed

No, it’s not pizza delivery, or that e-commerce package you’ve been waiting for weeks to arrive.

The Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has received reports of people across the U.S. receiving “suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed” that appear to be coming from China.

Anyone receiving such packages should contact their state plant regulatory official or state plant health director. Do not plant the seeds.

“At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a ‘brushing scam’ where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales,” APHIS notes. “USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment.”

Read the full notice.

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