(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.
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.
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.