Indiana officials warn Hoosiers not to open unsolicited seed packages
July 28, 2020 By Amie Simpson Filed Under: Indiana, News
People across the country are receiving unsolicited packages of unidentified seeds and the Office of the Indiana State Chemist is urging Hoosiers not to plant or dispose of the seeds.
Anyone in Indiana who receives a package should
mail it and any packaging materials to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service Indiana office.
Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office
of the Indiana State Chemist, says it might be tempting to plant the seeds to
see what will happen, but it could cause a lot of damage. He says it could
spread a weed or an invasive species or disease.
The seeds could be part of a “brushing
campaign,” where online retailers send unsolicited packages and use the fake
sales to improve the seller’s ratings online. But, state ag and environmental
leaders don’t want to take any chances.
Anyone who receives these seeds should keep
the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label and place all the contents
in a zip-top bag then place the bag in an envelope or small box and mail it to
the State Plant Health Director at 3059 N. Morton Street in Franklin, Indiana.
If you can’t mail the seeds, contact the Indiana Department of Natural
resources at 866-663-9684 or DEPP@dnr.IN.gov.
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