Don’t plant those seeds you didn’t order from China

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is sounding the alarm about reports of foreign seeds being shipped unsolicited to Kentuckians across the Commonwealth.

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was notified of several Kentucky residents who had received unsolicited seeds that appear to have originated from China.

Kentucky is the fourth state known to receive these suspicious packages.

If you do receive the seeds in your mailbox, do not open the container or plant them.

The U.S. government is not sure what the seeds are.

Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment.

If you have received such a package, immediately contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at 502-573-0282.

Then put them in an airtight bag and ship them to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s division of Plant Protection Quarantine at USDA-APHIS PPQ, P.O. Box 475, Hebron, Ky. 41048.