Residents in several states have reported receiving unsolicited seeds from outside the USA.
Seeds of unknown origin may be invasive or can introduce plant and animal disease, toxins or pathogens. If you receive a mystery package, please do the following:
• Do NOT open the seed packets
• Do NOT plant the seed packets
• Do NOT throw the seeds in the trash, flush them down the drain, or expose them to the environment in any way.
Please be sure to contact the USDA if you have received a package.
All incidences should be reported to USDA-APHIS at
(512-916-5241). Phone lines may be busy, so an email is preferred.
An email should be sent to:
Carol Motloch USDA-APHIS-PPQ State Operations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
The email should include your name and phone number as well as a description of the package (a photo of the label and material is helpful).
Your cooperation is much appreciated as the USDA continues to investigate these packages.
Thank you Galveston County Master Gardeners for this information.