Dangerous Delivery: Seed Packets from China

People in at least seven states have reported receiving packets of seeds in the past few days that are believed to be invasive species from China. If planted, the seeds pose a risk to crops and livestock.

Packages typically contain a label that claims a small toy is inside. When recipients open the package, they see a clear bag with seeds in it and instructions on how to plant them. The note says the seeds are petunias.

A spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Agriculture said recipients should not open the package and should not plant the seeds. The spokesperson said the seeds­—in a worst-case scenario—could cripple the state’s agriculture economy.

Anyone who has received the package is asked to keep it sealed and notify their state department of agriculture.

Source: Missouri Department of Agriculture