What to do with suspicious packages of seeds? RE: USDA Seeks Help from Citizens to Collect Unsolicited Seeds Packages


Lin Schmale-Tate
 

Here's more information from USDA on the seed packet question.

Lin Tate
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USDA Seeks Help from Citizens to Collect Unsolicited Seeds Packages
 
Question and Answer Document Provides Guidance 

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is collecting as many seed packages as possible to determine whether they present a threat to U.S. agriculture or the environment. APHIS asks anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to go to the APHIS webpage to review the question and answer document and support our collection efforts.  

The seeds we have already identified are not uniform or of any particular type. They include a mixture of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb, and weed seeds. It is important that we collect as many seeds as possible to determine whether they could introduce damaging pests and diseases that could be harmful to American agriculture.  

USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit the APHIS’ website to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance.  

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/sa_by_date/sa-2020/sa-07/seeds-china

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service