Mysterious seed packets prompt warnings

Homeowners have reported receiving unsolicited packets of seeds that apparently originated in China. The California Department of Agriculture is asking anyone who receives such a package to leave it sealed and contact their local ag commissioner’s office. COURTESY PHOTO

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture both recently issued advisories warning homeowners about unsolicited seed packets that appear to have come from China.

CDFA said it is communicating with USDA to determine any necessary actions for shipments received in California. In the meantime, CDFA is instructing residents not to open any unsolicited seed packets received and to contact their local county agricultural commissioner’s office.

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