China sending unsolicited seeds

Published 1:44 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson instructs anyone receiving packages of unsolicited seeds from China, or any foreign country, in recent days to immediately contact the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Bureau of Plant Industry by phoning (662) 325-3390.

Those receiving the seeds are instructed to hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from MDAC’s Bureau of Plant Industry contacts you with further instructions.

Do not plant seeds from unknown origins. If you have received these seeds, please call the Bureau of Plant Industry, an inspector will be sent to your location to pick up the seeds.

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At this time, the USDA does not have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.

Seeds have been received in neighboring counties, but none in Jefferson Davis as of yet.