Mislabeled packages of seeds being sent from foreign countries: What to do if you get one in the mail

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Several Virginia residents have informed the department that they have received packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have come from China. In an email, the department states that the type of seeds in the packages are unknown and “may be invasive plant species.” (photos provided by the VDACS)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Just two days after putting residents in New York on alert for unsolicited, mislabeled packages of seeds from foreign countries, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have received a high volume of inquiries and reports.

Due to the influx in reports, residents are asked to mail the sealed package of seeds, the original packaging, their contact information, and any additional relevant details directly to the USDA at the address below.

Office of the State Plant Health Director of New York c/o Christopher Zaloga

United States Department of Agriculture

500 New Karner Road

Albany, NY 12205

Those who received seeds should not call 911 to report receiving the seeds.

The USDA is investigating the situation.

Seeds imported into the United States must meet rigorous standards to ensure quality and prevent invasive species, insects, and diseases. The USDA says you should not plant or handle the seeds.

If you buy seeds online, the USDA recommends purchasing from a reputable, known source.

For further information or questions, email the USDA at erich.l.glasgow@usda.gov.


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