(KARE/NBC News) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating unsolicited packages of mystery seeds arriving in mailboxes across the country.
The seeds appear to be coming from China.
According to photos provided by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the small packages can sometimes have a postmark from China and appear to list a piece of small jewelry in its contents, along with a small package of seeds. A photo of a similar package shows similar seeds with a return address of Kyrgyzstan, along with planting instructions in English.
Have you received a packet of seeds in the mail that you didn’t order? Does it look similar to the photos here? If so, DO NOT PLANT the seeds and report them here: https://t.co/h31fCvGvgf…/plant-health/resources/seed-reporter pic.twitter.com/vro5o6ErvK— ODA (@OhioDeptofAg) July 27, 2020
The source and motivation behind the mailings is under investigation.
Shipments of the mystery seeds have been reported in at least 35 states.
Anyone receiving the seeds is urged not to plant them or throw them away.
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