Dozens of residents of at least 27 US states have received packages with seeds from China that they did not request, according to a report from the country’s Department of Agriculture last Tuesday. Authorities say they are investigating the packages and asked all those who receive them not to plant the seeds of unknown origin.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service also recommends saving the seeds and packaging, including the shipping label, and informing the local agriculture department.
According to the agency, the packages could be a scam, in which a company sends packages to consumers and then writes false positive reviews about the product on behalf of the person who received it.
The Texas Tribune quoted Sid Miller, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, who declared that if the plant to which the seeds belong is “an invasive species,” it can quickly become an ecological disaster.