USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.
To report unsolicited seeds, please fill out the reporting form (link below). This information will be shared with USDA. Please do not plant the seeds. We are asking that you hold onto the seeds and do not dispose of them at this time. The Department or USDA will be contacting you with further information. USDA has also released a statement relative to this issue.
Reporting Form: https://www.mass.gov/forms/receipt-of-unsolicited-seeds
USDA Statement: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/sa_by_date/sa-2020/sa-07/seeds-china
USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit the APHIS’ website to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance.