The Missouri Department of Agriculture has received reports from residents of unsolicited seeds being delivered from foreign countries such as China and surrounding areas, according to a news release.
Department officials said Missouri's announcement follows reports from several states of packages of these seeds being delivered. Consistent with nationwide reports, the packages were labeled as jewelry, specifically stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories.
Agriculture officials said although the risk associated with the seeds in question is unknown, it is important to take steps to prevent the introduction of invasive species into Missouri to ensure safety of the environment, livestock and plants.
If Missouri residents have received unsolicited seeds, the following guidance applies:
Do not open the seed package.
Do not plant the seeds if you have opened the package.
Submit an online report to USDA verifying you have received unsolicited seeds.
Do not dispose of the seeds, packages or envelopes until USDA provides further guidance.
If opened, place seeds in a sealed bag and contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Plant Industries Division by phone at 573-751-2462 or by email at [email protected]