Staff Report

Unsolicited packages of seeds sent by mail possibly coming from China and other countries has the Colorado Department of Agriculture concerned. The packages containing the seeds are often labeled as jewelry or other items. The questionable seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock, according to the CDA.

Anyone receiving the unsolicited mail should hold onto the seeds and packaging in its original container along with the mailing label. The Colorado Department of Agriculture or the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will contact affected individuals with further instructions.

The CDA strongly advises against planting seeds from unknown origins. Also the seeds should not be placed in the trash since they will eventually end up in the landfill and could potentially sprout.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should immediately contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industry Division at cda_nursery@state.co.us or at 303-548-5333.

The CDA and APHIS is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

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