This is very concerning and weird.
Americans in 8 states have received unwanted packets of “Chinese plant seeds.”
Officials are not sure what is going on right now, but they’re not ruling out “bioterrorism” and are urging Americans not to plant these mystery seeds.
MDA is aware that people across the country, including in Maryland, have received unsolicited packages of seeds from China in recent days. MDA is working closely with its partners at @USDA_APHIS to monitor this situation. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/x6GiVyoUj4
— Maryland Agriculture (@MdAgDept) July 27, 2020
Frankfort, Kentucky — Agriculture officials in multiple states issued warnings Monday about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them. In Kentucky, the state agriculture department was notified that several residents received unsolicited seed packets sent by mail that appeared to have originated in China, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.
The types of seeds are unknown and could be harmful, Quarles said, stressing that they should not be planted.
“We don’t know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States,” he said. “We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world and we need to keep it that way.”
Anyone in Kentucky receiving packages of foreign or unfamiliar seeds should contact the state agriculture department immediately, Quarles said.
“At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bio-terrorism,” he said. “Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment.”
Residents of at least eight states have now received suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China, with officials in each urging people not to plant them, according to the Reuters news agency.
DHS is monitoring the situation right now.
But right now, officials are not sure what types of seeds are in the packages and they fear they may be an “invasive plant species.”
All of the packages were sent by mail and have Chinese writing on them.
If you get these seeds contact your local officials, and again, do not plant or touch the seeds.
This piece was written by Missy Crane on July 28, 2020. It originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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