DO NOT Plant Unsolicited Seeds Received in the Mail From China

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— Written By Lucy Bradley

Many people have received unsolicited packages from China labeled as containing earrings, but actually containing seeds. DO NOT plant these seeds as they could be a pathway for the introduction of invasive species, insects, and plant diseases.

This type of international shipment of plant material is unlawful and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services asks anyone who received one of these unsolicited foreign shipments to save the contents along with all shipping labels and contact the Plant Industry Division toll-free at 800-206-9333 or email at newpest@ncagr.gov. Plant Industry staff will contact you to gather information and pick up the package.

Unsolicited seeds

North Carolina residents are not in violation of any regulations if they received these shipments, but they are the key to identifying and stopping future shipments. If you should receive a seed package in the mail do the following:

Place the contents in a zip-lock bag. Call the Extension office at 919-775-5624. Hold the material and we will have a staff member contact them to pick up the seed.

The citizens will need to include their contact information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • Phone number

Learn More from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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