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Report Unsolicited Seeds Received by Mail to PA Dept of Agriculture
Posted on Thursday July 30, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture warns consumers to report unsolicited, mislabeled seeds received through the mail.
There have been instances across the country, including here in Montgomery County, of residents receiving packages from overseas containing seeds, labelled externally as jewelry.

PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding warned consumers to properly discard and report unordered and mislabeled seeds, as they may contain plant diseases, weeds, or invasive plants that could harm our ecosystem and the state's agriculture industry.

Seeds labelled as jewelry are likely an online sales scam.  If you receive these seeds:
  • Leave them in the package. (If opened, double bag and seal the seeds.)
  • Do not plant the seeds or discard loose seeds.
  • Report the package to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline: 800-877-3835, or email [email protected]. The USDA will provide further instructions.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to protect and promote agriculture in Pennsylvania, visit

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