NASDA Response to Chinese Seeds

According to NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn:
“NASDA is working closely with the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Department of Homeland Security to understand the origin of these unsolicited seeds from China that have entered our country illegally. Right now we are encouraging the public to keep the seeds and complete packaging, including mailing information, and contact your state department of agriculture or APHIS state director. Please no NOT plant or consume the seeds.”
Do not plant the seeds, and if they arrive in a sealed package, don’t open the sealed package. The majority of packages are listing the contents as jewelry. If it has China listed as point of origin do not open the package. The mislabling of packages is not new and this crime is known as Agricultural Smuggling. They utilize this method to bypass the safeguards that prevent invasive species, plant diseases and pests, or plants that could harm livestock from establishing in the country.
This foreign seed invasion apparently began on July 24th with the first reports slowly trickling in and then quickly becoming a flood of reported mystery seeds being received all over the country. No evidence of anything other than a “brushing scam” is suspected at this time, with people receiving unsolicted items from a seller who will then post false customer reviews to boost sales.
The USDA is currently collecting all seed packages from receipients and plan to test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could potentially be of concern to U.S. agriculture or our environment.

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