Suspicious packages from China containing unknown seeds have been showing up in the mail across the country, and now at least one person in this area has reported receiving them.
Dan Hood, who lives in northern Jasper County, told KJAS News that he received one of those packages in the mail this week. Hood sent us a photo of the seeds in a clear plastic package and there’s no indication of what type of plant they are.
That’s a problem, says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. He issued a warning this week urging Texans to take extreme precaution if they receive one of these suspicious packages from China.
According to Miller, some of the packages are falsely labeled as “jewelry”.
What exactly are the seeds? Miller says they might be a harmful invasive species, or otherwise unsafe.
Miller says the Texas Department of Agriculture along with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration are analyzing the seeds and what type of plants they come from.
According to Commissioner Miller, if you receive one of these packages containing seeds, don’t plant the seeds and don’t throw them away either. Instead, keep the seeds sealed up in their package and report the package by email to: SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov
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