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Iowa Department of Agriculture issues guidance on disposing of unsolicited seed deliveries

(KTIV) - Officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture are offering guidance for residents who receive unsolicited seed shipments from China and other countries.

Officials are asking if you receieve one of these packages to not open the seed packet, plant the seeds or attempt to destroy the seeds.

You are asked to hold on to the original packaging and report it immediately at (515) 281-5321.

Courtesy: Iowa Department of Agriculture
Example of an unsolicited, unlabeled seed package from an unknown origin.
If you receive a package like this, please report it immediately to the Iowa Department of Agriculture at 515-281-5321.

Officials say unlabeled seeds and seeds from unknown origins should never be planted, as they pose a risk of introducing an invasive plant species or seed-borne disease that doesn't exist in the United States.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will collect, analyze, and properly destroy the seeds.

On Wednesday, Sioux City Police posted on their Facebook page on they have received a report of a person getting unsolicited seeds in the mail.

We have received a report of a person in Sioux City receiving unsolicited seeds in the mail. The Iowa Department of...

Posted by City of Sioux City Police Department on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

According to the Norfolk Police Department, residents in their city have also started receiving packets of seeds in the mail. They believe the unsolicited packages are originating from China.

According to Norfolk Police, the packages are small, contain a small bag of seeds, and have Chinese writing on the outside.

Norfolk Police say they are working with the USDA on collecting any of the seeds.

If any Norfolk resident receives a package of seeds in the mail, they are asked to call police at (402) 644-8700.

Blake Branch

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