Mystery Seed Packages

Public Asked To Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds

The Problem

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

Please do not plant these seeds. VDACS encourages anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appears to have Chinese origin to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services (OPIS) at 804.786.3515 or through the ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia.gov email.

Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.

What to Do

If you are NOT a Virginia Resident, please contact your respective Department of Agriculture. Contact information can be found here: https://nationalplantboard.org/membership/.

If you are a Virginia Resident and are reporting Mystery Seed Packages, please see below for further information.

If you still have the seed packets and shipping/packaging materials, 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; and
  • Put all packaging materials and seeds into a Ziploc bag.
  • Ship all seed and packaging materials to the following address:

Chickeilla Carter
USDA-APHIS-PPQ
5657 South Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23231

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