SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Agriculture is warning the public not to plant seeds in packages arriving from China in recent days.
According to the agency, the packages have arrived in the mail in states across the country and are often labeled as jewelry.
“ODA is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspections Service (APHIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection on this issue,” the agency said in a news release.
Leaders plan to collect the seeds and test them to determine if they are a concern to agriculture or the environment.
If you received a package of unsolicited seeds from China, contact the state department of agriculture and follow these steps:
- Save the seeds and the package they came in, including the mailing label.
- Do not open the seed packets.
- Do not plant any of the seeds.
- If the packets are already opened, place all materials (seeds and packaging) into a zip lock bag and seal it.
- If the seeds have been planted, leave the seeds/plants in the ground until you receive further instruction from your state department of agriculture or APHIS.
If you received a package, send it to the Oregon Department of Agriculture:
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Plant Protection and Conservation
635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301