Authorities are addressing a high volume of residents complaining about unlabeled seeds received in the mail.
If you happen to receive a mysterious or unlabeled package of unsolicited seeds, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is pleading for you to not call 9-1-1.
Instead, residents who receive such a thing should send the sealed package of seeds, all original packing, contact information and any relevant details directly to the USDA:
Office of the State Plant Health Director of New York c/o Christopher Zaloga,
United States Department of Agriculture
500 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205
“Legitimate seeds imported into the United States meet rigorous standards to ensure quality and prevent introduction of invasive species, insects and diseases,” the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets said via a press release. “People who receive seeds that they did not order, that are mislabeled, or are from a questionable source, should not plant or handle the seeds.”
Authorities from the USDA are currently investigating the trend, which has now been recorded across the entire country.
However, officials say there is no evidence to indicate this is anything but a “brushing scam”, where residents receive unsolicited items from a seller who posts false customer reviews to boost sales.
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