Department of Ag asks for reports of unsolicited seeds received in the mail

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Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has received numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that appear to have originated from China and other countries and labeled as containing jewelry or other items. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should immediately contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Plant Industry Division at cda_nursery@state.co.us or at 303-548-5333 or the APHIS State plant health director

After making a report to the Department of Agriculture, keep the seeds and packaging in its original package safely, including the mailing label, until contacted by a  Department representative with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins, and do not put the seeds in the trash, which could ultimately end up in the landfill and then sprout.  

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