MO Department of Agriculture Asks Residents to Report Unsolicited Seed Shipments

A warning this week from the Missouri Department of Agriculture about suspicious packages from China with seeds. Residents in several states, including Missouri, have received the unsolicited seed packages. Officials say no one should open the packets, plant them, or throw them away. The full risk associated with the seeds is unknown, however they could be an invasive species that has the potential to destroy native plants and damage crops. Invasive species can also introduce diseases to plants and may be harmful to livestock. Anyone who gets a packet of seeds in the mail should them in an airtight bag and wash their hands immediately. You’re also asked to contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture at (573) 751-2462