Across the country, people - including Georgia - are reporting receiving mysterious packages. Even more mysterious is the seeds that are found in those packages. 

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has been notified that several Georgia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds. The packages appear to have originated from China. Recipients are strongly advised not to open the packages or plant the seeds.

“At this time, we are not sure what the seeds are and therefore are urging everyone to be exceedingly vigilant,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said. “If you have received one of these packages in the mail, please use extreme caution by not touching the contents and secure the package in a plastic bag.”

Recipients are asked not to throw the seeds away, discard or open and to also keep the mailing label the packages were shipped from.

The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate these infestations.

Anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail from China or any other country is encouraged to contact the GDA Seed Lab at 229-386-3145 or email SeedLab@agr.georgia.gov.

(1) comment

tasmith

I’m thinking/hoping the USPS has or should have a plan to intercept any future shipments.

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