What To Do If You Receive A Random Package Of Seeds

There are a number of stories floating around about people receiving random packages of "seeds" in the mail that they did not order. The seeds are allegedly from China and authorities are saying that you should not plant or handle them.

Commissioner Richard Ball says that the packages that have been reported are marked as "jewelry" but actually contain seeds. If you do get a package like this in the mail you are advised to email the USDA at erich.I.glasgow@usda.gov. Be sure to include your name and phone number along with photos of the seeds and the package that they came in. Also be sure to store the seeds in a safe place that is out of the reach of children.

The concern is that these seeds possibly contain diseases, invasive insects or species.