The seed package may look like this.

The seed package may look like this.

By County Agent

Jeffrey Moore, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program

The following information was emailed to me and was requested to share with my clients. Please adhere to the following information. If I could be of assistance please call 334-421-1580.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) received multiple reports of “unsolicited” China origin seeds being delivered to residents across the state through the United States Postal Service.

The packing is often mislabeled as “jewelry”, according to the ADAI.

The ADAI says residents of other states including, Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State have reported receiving suspicious packages of seeds.

ADAI says this practice is known as agricultural smuggling.

“We urge all residents to be on the lookout for similar packages. These seeds could be invasive or be harmful to livestock,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate.

They ask recipients of “unsolicited seed” to follow the instructions below:

1). DO NOT plant the seeds and if they are in a sealed package, do not open the sealed package. Also, DO NOT dispose of the seeds.

2). Report suspicious seed deliveries to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and maintain the seeds and packaging until USDA provides further instructions. This may be used for evidence.

Call 1-800-877-3835 or email to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.

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