“This is much bigger than what we initially thought."
Spokesman Michael Wallace, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer services, on residents receiving mysterious seed packs from China.
- The US Department of Agriculture plans to test these seeds.
- More than a dozen states have reported residents randomly receiving packages of seeds with a return address to China; some seed packets have return addresses elsewhere including the United Arab Emirates although this has been less reported.
- Officials warn Americans not to plant the seeds, citing security concerns for invasive crops. “It might be tempting to put this into some soil to see what happens, but there’s a lot of damage that can cause,” said Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office of Indiana State Chemist. “The last thing we want is to spread a weed, invasive species or disease, and that’s a real risk if people plant these or throw them in the garbage.” (Read more here).
- What to do if you receive seeds in the mail: CLICK HERE