Missouri's Ag Department warns of strange seeds shipped around the U.S.

Washington State Department of Agriculture

If you’ve recently received a package from overseas that contained seeds, the state of Missouri is asking you to report them.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is investigating numerous reports of unsolicited seeds being delivered from foreign countries such as China and surrounding areas.  The packages, reported nationwide, are labeled as jewelry but actually contain seeds. 

The Ag Department says although it’s unknown at this time just what the seeds are, they say it is likely an invasive species that has the potential to destroy native plants and damage crops.  They may also be harmful to livestock.

If you receive such a package, you’re asked to keep it sealed, submit an online report to the USDA, then wait for further guidance.

If you’ve already opened the package, place them in a sealed bag and contact the Missouri Ag Department’s Plant Industries Division at 573-751-2462 or by email at aginfo@mda.mo.gov