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Mystery seed packets in the mail

Liz Stahl, Extension educator - crops

Just to add one more strange thing to 2020, you may have heard by now that people are receiving unsolicited “mystery” seed packets that appear to be coming from China. In a nutshell, DO NOT plant these, DO NOT open the packets, and DO NOT just throw these away.

If you receive a seed packet, contact Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684 or and provide your name, contact information, and the date the package was received. Officials will coordinate shipping the packaging and contents to the MDA Seed Program.

It is unknown what could be in these packets, it could be seed from an invasive plant, they might contain a seed-borne disease we don’t have in the USA, and some packets appear to have an unknown seed treatment applied to them (so the safety is unknown). 

See the following information reprinted from a MN Department of Ag press release that provides more details on this issue (also available at
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