Received Unsolicited Seeds in the Mail?

If you get any seeds in the mail that you didn’t order, don’t plant them. That’s the warning from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Reports have been flooding in from across the United States of people receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds from China in the mail.

Officials are warning people not to open the package, plant the seeds, or throw them out.

Instead, they should email [email protected] with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • Number of packages received

“We are currently working with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to address reports of unsolicited shipments of seeds from foreign countries. Anyone who receives unordered seeds in the mail should contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture by emailing the following information to [email protected]: First and Last Name, Phone Number and the number of packages received. Do not open the package, plant the seeds, or throw them out. Please keep all seeds unopened and with their original packaging and labels, including mailing labels, until further instruction is provided.”

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