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Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« on: July 29, 2020, 12:23:27 pm »
Mysterious packages of seeds believed to be from China have landed in the mailboxes of Americans across several states over the past week, leading to a warning from agricultural officials not to plant them.

According to Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, officials have received multiple reports of unsolicited seed packets arriving in their mailboxes that appear to have originated from China. Around 30 U.S. states are suspected to be affected by such deliveries.

“We don’t know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States,” said Quarles. “We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world and we need to keep it that way.”

“At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bioterrorism,” he continued. “Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock, or threaten our environment.”

Many of the packages are labeled as jewelry, toys, or electronic devices and may have Chinese writing on them, according to agriculture officials. Lori Culley, from Tooele, Utah, told Fox 13 she was excited to discover two small packages in her mailbox that she believed to contain earrings.

“I opened them up and they were seeds. Obviously they’re not jewelry! ” she said. “There was an article that I found in the UK saying this has been happening over there, and they are bad seeds, they are invasive. I hope that it’s nothing too serious … don’t throw them in the garbage. Don’t plant them. Don’t touch them.”

Federal officials from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) will reportedly work with the Department of Homeland Security and local officials to prevent any more illegal seeds from entering the country.

“[We are] aware that people across the country have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days,” the USDA said in a statement. “At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a ‘brushing scam’ where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.”

“USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment,” they continued.

The Communist Party of China has not confirmed the seeds’ origin or issued any public remarks about them.

American authorities note that those who receive unsolicited seeds should report the packages to the Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program (SITC) by calling the Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835.

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 12:29:21 pm »
Unbelievable!  My husband just read an article about this on the Internet.

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 12:56:12 pm »
What will they do next? What a corrupt government they have over there.

Thanks for letting us know. I had not heard about this latest escapade.

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 02:01:25 pm »
I did hear about this, I hope it’s not true.
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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 02:30:13 pm »
I had not heard about this till now.  Thanks for the info...I'll probably go look into it.

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 08:38:55 pm »
I have had people in my state and near where I live receiving them as well as other things like bracelets.
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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 10:19:44 pm »
watch it they might be trying to poison you with fentynal

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 10:31:46 pm »
That is very strange. I wouldn't reported that too never know it could have been linked to the coronavirus.
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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2020, 02:59:29 am »
I have a couple of friends here in TN who have received them.  How do you get rid of them?

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 04:01:36 am »
Thanks for posting the article about mystery seed packets arriving in the mail. 

I would have thrown them away....so I am glad you posted.  Do NOT Throw them away.....instead, follow this directive:

American authorities note that those who receive unsolicited seeds should report the packages to the Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program (SITC) by calling the Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835.


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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2020, 11:39:19 pm »
What a way to weird people out to get something random and strange in the mail. Especially something I did not order or anyone else for that matter. Hopefully in the long run this is harmless but good to be prepaired

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2020, 12:13:57 am »
OMG! I hope you found out they are.

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2020, 11:32:18 pm »
Last time i heard about this they think it was from china. They didn't know for sure. Kinda makes no sense to be honest. Til something actually comes out proving it is Ill take it with a grain of salt. Too much miss information to say this or that for certain without proof of what something going around

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2020, 01:22:02 am »
I heard news about the seeds coming from China. If you receive it in the mail, do not open. Contact your local authorities on how to dispose of it.

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Re: Americans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds from China
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2020, 04:56:06 am »
I heard about this a few days ago from TV news stories. It is really scary to think that if you plant these seeds, you could be introducing a new plant into the US which goes viral and grows all over the place, overtaking native plants. That could be very dangerous to our ecosystem. It's better to send them to the USDA for testing. They will be able to handle the seeds safely.

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