Unsolicited Seed Could Be Invasive
Reports of unsolicited seed received in the mail have been received by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and other states. The seeds are coming from other countries, including China and the surrounding area, and are delivered in packages marked as jewelry, specifically stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture says it is important to take steps to prevent the introduction of invasive species into Missouri to ensure safety of the environment, livestock and plants. The seeds could be an invasive species that has the potential to destroy native plants and damage crops. Invasive species can also introduce diseases to plants and may be harmful to livestock.
If you received unsolicited seeds, the following guidance applies:
- Do not open the seed package.
- Do not plant the seeds if you have opened the package.
- Submit an online report to USDA verifying you have received unsolicited seeds.
- Do not dispose of the seeds, packages or envelopes until USDA provides further guidance.
If opened, place seeds in a sealed bag and contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries Division by phone at (573) 751-2462 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.