Ag officials warn of unsolicited seed shipments to states

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 13:00:38-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Agriculture officials in multiple states have issued warnings about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them.

In Kentucky, the agriculture department says it was notified that several Kentucky residents received unsolicited seed packets sent by mail that appeared to have originated in China. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday the types of seeds are unknown and could be harmful. He stressed that the seeds should not be planted.

In North Carolina, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it was contacted by numerous people who received seed shipments they did not order.

A man in Pennsylvania told ABC News that his wife received one of these packages.

"Even though it says stud earring, you take it out, you actually get a little pack of these random seeds," said Jason Marcellus. "My wife had posted something online about having received it and other people have received the same type things. So, I guess it's something that has been going around the area."

Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Delaware and Kentucky have all issued warnings about the seeds.

Anyone who has received a package with seeds is asked to report the shipment to the Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program by calling the Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835, according to ABC News.

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