The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has warned consumers to properly discard and report unordered and mislabeled seeds shipped from overseas.
Citizens across the nation have received seeds in packages labeled as jewelry and other items. The exact origin and nature of these seeds remain unknown and officials have expressed concern that they may contain plant diseases, weeds or invasive plants that could harm Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and ecosystem.
What to do if you received unsolicited seeds
The PA Agriculture Department said anyone who received unsolicited seeds should take the following actions:
- Keep them in the package. (If opened, double bag and seal the seeds.)
- Do not plant them or discard loose seeds.
- Report the package to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline, by phone at 800-877-3835 or email Mail@aphis.usda.gov.