Warning issued about mystery seeds from China

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and agriculture officials across the country have issued warnings about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them.

Officials are concerned the mystery seeds, which appear to have originated in China, could be invasive plant species. It’s reported that residents in all 50 states have now been receiving

suspicious packages of seeds.

“(The) USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China," said the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

It said it is working closely with federal and state partners, including Customs and Border Protection, to investigate.

The agency tweeted - “Please don't plant seeds from unknown origins!"

In Virginia, state agriculture officials warned that “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 ris