CASPER, Wyo— At least 2 households in Wyoming have received seeds in the mail from China that they did not order, according the Wyoming Department of Agriculture social media post on Friday, July 24. The phenomenon has also been reported in Utah, Arizona, Virginia, and Washington, and hundreds of cases were reported in the UK last week.
The Wyoming Department says unsolicited seeds could be invasive, and introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock. Households who receive the seeds are advised:
- DO NOT plant them and if they are in a sealed package, do not open the sealed package.
- Keep the seeds and packaging and Contact USDA-APHIS here in Wyoming at 307-432-7979 or Bruce.A.Shambaugh@usda.gov to get instructions on what to do next.
Many cases report that the packages mailed from China indicated they contained earrings. In many cases, the customers had previously ordered seeds from online outlets.
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