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USDA investigates unsolicited seeds mailed from China

Several people in Texas and Oklahoma have reported getting mysterious seeds that they did not order.
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 10:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2020 at 9:17 AM CDT
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OKLAHOMA (KXII) - People across the country are saying they’ve received packages from China that they did not order.

In Oklahoma, the packages look like they will be carrying small jewelry, but instead there are seeds inside.

“There are no labels on the seeds, there are no instructions with the seeds.” Morgan Vance said.

Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry spokesperson Morgan Vance said these seeds can be extremely dangerous if planted, or thrown away.

“Whenever another country, or an individual sends something of agriculture importance- where that be seeds, feed, fertilizer, livestock, anything into the United States that doesn’t belong here, that could be tainted (it) could potentially impact the soil that grows American food.”

The USDA is working closely with Border Patrol and Homeland Security but right now, they don’t know much about the seeds-including what plant would grow from them and exactly what harm may come.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry said they could potentially be invasive, and introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

“Don’t open the seeds up, they keep the original packaging. Don’t throw them away, we don’t want these seeds potentially ending up at a landfill and contaminating the soil.” Vance said.

Any unwanted seeds should be reported to the USDA.

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