The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has clearly identified some mysterious unsolicited packages of seeds sent home from China.
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Deputy Administrator Osama El-Lisi said last week the department confirmed at least 14 seeds in a recording Published on its website.
Identified seeds are for mustard, cabbage, morning glory, rose, hibiscus, and herbs such as peppermint, sage, rosemary and lavender.
“This is a subset of the samples collected so far,” El-Lisi said.
Seeds are identified by residents in all 50 states who reported receiving unsolicited packages of seeds with Chinese writing on them.
USDA Had advised Those who receive seeds do not plant them and to communicate with the appropriate State Plant Regulatory Officer.
Authorities in states such as Virginia have previously warned that the seeds may belong to invasive plant species. Even though the seeds identified are for harmless species, plants around the world can still harm native plants, experts told CBS News.
The seed is shown in white package with the words “China Post”.
USDA has Seed campaign suggested Could be part of a “brushing scam” where people get items they didn’t order and sellers conduct fake customer reviews to encourage sales.
“It is not uncommon to uncover scams involving seed packets in international mail shipments,” USA said in a release. “US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has interrupted similar seed shipments in recent years.”