Mystery Seeds Postmarked From China to Be Tested by U.S. Officials

Packages appear to be part of retail scam intended to drive sales, says USDA, which advises recipients against planting or disposing of seeds

Federal officials are preparing to test seeds that have been appearing in mailboxes across the country to determine whether they could be harmful to U.S. agriculture or the environment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to test the seeds following reports that hundreds of people are receiving such packages in the mail that they didn’t order. Since last week, dozens of states from Florida to Nevada have warned residents about the unsolicited seed packages that appear to be mostly from China. State and federal officials...

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