ISDA: Don't open weird seed packages from China

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 11:56:47-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is sharing information for Idahoans who may have received unsolicited seed packages from China. ISDA has received around 20 calls or emails about these kinds of packages being sent.

Several states are reporting similar packages and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is aware of the issue.

ISDA asks if you received the seeds to take the following steps:

  • Do not plant the seeds
  • Do not open the seed packages
  • Contact the Idaho office of USDA APHIS at (208) 373-1600
  • Retain the label and seed package
  • Wait for further instruction from USDA about disposal and follow-up