Marylanders Among Those Receiving Unsolicited Packages of Seeds from China

Via the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA).

People are receiving packages from China they didn’t order, according to state agriculture departments across the U.S.  

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) followed several other states and announced Monday that it is aware of people getting “unsolicited packages of seeds from China.” The MDA said it is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS). 

Marylanders who receive the seed packages should report it to Plant Protection and Weed Management by email or phone at 410-841-5920. 

In a statement, APHIS said it is “working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.” It asks those who receive packages to keep everything, but to not use the seeds.

“Do not plant seeds from unknown origins,” the statement reads. The MDA and APHIS could not offer a count of how many Marylanders or Montgomery County residents have received these packages. 

Other states have put out similar statements in recent days. Virginia and Delaware issued statements on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Farther out, states including Washington and Kansas have also said they’re aware of unsolicited deliveries.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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