Do not plant unsolicited seeds received in the mail from China


Seeds sent from China - unsolicited, mislabeled

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 7:45 AM - 11:45 PM
  • Friday, August 21, 2020, 12:45 AM - 11:45 PM

If you have received a similar package, please email USDA with your full name and telephone number, pictures of the package and any other relevant information as soon as possible.

Packaging and Seeds mailed from China unsolicited and mislabeled

NY Ag and Markets Press Release:

“Our office has received questions from a few New Yorkers who have received unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry but which actually contain plant seeds. Similar packages have been received in other states and the United States Department of Agriculture is investigating. People who receive seeds should not plant or handle the seeds. They should store them safely in a place children and pets cannot access and email USDA immediately at for instructions. Seeds imported into the United States are rigorously tested to ensure quality and prevent introduction of invasive species, insects and diseases. We will continue to monitor this issue and will pass along guidance as it is received from USDA.”

-Statement by NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball
July 27, 2020

Read more in this article from the USDA:

USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds from China

Last updated August 4, 2020