Ag & Markets warns about mislabeled packages of seeds from China

Posted 28 July 2020 at 9:45 am

Press Release, NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball

ALBANY – NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball issued the following statement about reports of mislabeled packages of seeds from China.

“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.”

Consumers who email the USDA should include their full names and telephone numbers, pictures of the package and any other relevant information.

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