Did you get in the mail mystery seeds from China?

I had read about this some time ago but didn’t pay much attention to it until it happened to me.

Yes, I’m one of many Americans who received in the mail a small package from China containing a plastic bag with mystery seeds, like below:

If you’ve received mystery seeds, DO NOT PLANT THEM!!!!

Tamar Lapin reports for the New York Post that the mystery seeds have been sprouting up in mailboxes across America.

From New York to Washington state, a growing number of people have recently reported receiving unsolicited shipments of seeds that appear to have been sent from China.

The packages are light grey or beige plastic envelopes, some of which state that the contents are rings, bracelets or other jewelry. But the packages actually contain clear, sealable plastic bags filled with unidentified seeds of different sizes, shapes and colors.

The package I received was a light grey plastic envelope, with a sender’s address in China, which was labeled as containing jewelry, although I had not purchased any jewelry online. Inside was a small clear plastic bag containing about 20 small unidentified seeds.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the packages may be part of a “brushing scam” — where folks receive items they never ordered from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.

That makes no sense. If a seller is gonna post false customer reviews, why would he/she need to mail seeds? There is no logic between the cause (mailing unsolicited seeds) and effect (post false reviews).

The USDA said the packages “appear to be coming from China.” Indeed, the packages’ shipping labels clearly indicate they were sent from cities in China, including Suzhou and Shenzhen. But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin insisted that China’s postal service strictly sticks to restrictions on sending seeds, and that the labels on the packages have been falsified. He asked for the packages to be sent to China for investigation.

The USDA has issued this warning: “Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.”

Agriculture officials say “Legitimate seeds imported into the United States meet rigorous standards to ensure quality and prevent introduction of invasive species, insects and diseases. 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” so as not to introduce invasive species, which can displace or destroy native plants and insects, severely damage crops or bring diseases.

What to do if you’ve received mystery seeds:

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) asks anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to:

  1. Store the mystery seeds safely in a place children and pets cannot access.
  2. Submit an online report here.
  3. Mail the seeds to the designated USDA location in your State.
  4. If you prefer not to mail the package, please contact your APHIS State Plant Health Director to arrange a no-contact pick up or determine a convenient drop-off location. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.
  5. You can also email the USDA directly at erich.l.glasgow@usda.gov.

On August 11, 2020, the USDA’s APHIS said that “experts analyzing some of the seeds from China have, so far, found very few problems.”

But the fact that the seeds appear to be innocuous does not address the purpose of the mailings: What is the point? I have a really uncomfortable feeling about this. Is this China’s testing or dry run of something?

~Eowyn

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truckjunkie
truckjunkie
12 days ago

So far,nothing from China. We have a USDA office here in town,I’d probably not open the pkg. and hand it off to them. I’m sure they know the procedure to get them to the right Department.

DCG
Admin
DCG
12 days ago

We’ve received none here in our town in OK. Very odd. Wonder what they are?

Jen
Jen
12 days ago

There is something sinister going on here and I suspect that the left is involved. They leave no stone unturned… (I read about this a while back)

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
12 days ago

While I have not received a pkg containing seeds, I did receive a pkg addressed to someone else at my address. According to the Neighborhood blog–many other people also receive pkgs that contained items they had not purchased. This dumpng of junk on US ctizens really burns my cookies. I want it to stop no matter what the reason!

Ziggy
Ziggy
12 days ago

Creepy! I have not received any seeds. I’m in Canada; I’m not sure if anyone here has been sent the mystery seeds.

Danne
Danne
12 days ago

What a bunch of BS!! This has been going on for months now and none of the geniuses at USDA or the other alphabet agencies have germinated these seeds to identify them???? HOAX!!!!!!!

Danne
Danne
11 days ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Because, after several months of knowing about this and people receiving the seeds, no-one can give me an identity of the plant. I find that incredulous and people making some sort of conspiracy out of it equally incredulous. C’mon….a tad of critical thought needed here. I may be wrong in the long run, but I want to see some facts before I go along.

Julie
Julie
11 days ago

If the USDA tells you to discard them, please put them in the microwave for minute or so before tossing them. This will prevent germination in a landfill.

Tanc
Tanc
11 days ago

This has been going on for years. Chinese sellers on eBay do it all the time. It has something to do how they get reimbursed by the Chinese government for postage. They actually make money sending things people do not order.

the truth of god
the truth of god
6 days ago

a new virus??