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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Unsolicited Foreign Origin Seeds

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Have you recently received seed packages you did not expect and did not order? The NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets and the US Dept of Agriculture are currently in the process of collecting and analyzing samples from these shipments.

If you received any shipments like this, please ensure the seed package is sealed and mail the seeds, the original packaging, your contact information, and any additional details you believe are relevant, to:

  • Office of the State Plant Health Director of New York
    c/o Christopher Zaloga
    500 New Karner Rd
    Albany, NY 12205

At this time, the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets doesn’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. The USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents to determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to US agriculture or the environment.

Both the USDA and the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets are committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting US agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

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