State Agriculture Leaders Asking For Samples Of Mysterious Seeds


Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 7:54 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, Okla. -

State agriculture leaders say mysterious packages from China have been arriving in Oklahoma containing potentially dangerous seeds.

Officials with the state Department of Agriculture say the seeds come in a small package claiming to be jewelry. The state says do not plant the seeds because they could be an invasive species.

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They say a growing number of states are receiving these packages but right now, it's not clear who is sending them. The USDA tells CBS News they're collecting seed packets from recipients and will test them to see if there's anything that could be of concern to the U.S. agriculture or the environment. The state Agriculture department says if you receive one the first thing you need to do is keep it closed, then call the USDA's anti-smuggling hotline at 800-877 3835.

The USDA email is SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.

After reporting to the federal government, the state government asks you email them at organ.vance@ag.ok.gov or Kenny.naylor@ag.ok.gov. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture can also answer questions at 405-522-5971 or 405-205-2709.