Watch out for unsolicited seeds

By on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 in Columbia Basin News Regional News

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Agriculture said it has received reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order. In a recent Facebook post, the department wrote that unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

The department advised anyone who receives unsolicited seeds from another country to not plant them.  If in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package.

Maintain the seed and packaging and report it to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Await further instruction from the USDA as they may need the seeds and packaging for evidence, as they is known as agricultural smuggling.

The seeds are sent in packages usually stating that the contents are jewelry.