It has been reported by garden club members in NJ, that they have received packets of seeds in the mail from China that were not ordered. Some packages are even labeled as jewelry. Please be aware that these unsolicited seeds are potentially hazardous.
– DO NOT open the packets.
– DO NOT plant the seeds.
– DO NOT throw away.
KEEP the packet sealed and notify the New Jersey Dept of Agriculture (NJDA) right away. You will receive instructions as to what to do next.
Additionally, please take a photo of the package / seed packet and contact the NJDA at firstname.lastname@example.org and USDA SITC at SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.
According to the websites of the NJ Dept of Agriculture, the US Dept of Agriculture, and a recent article in The New York Times, this is a troubling problem nationwide. These suspicious seeds could introduce pests and disease, be invasive plants or harmful to plants, wildlife and livestock.
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