Have You Received Unsolicited Seeds in the Mail?

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has learned that several Massachusetts residents have received unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail. The packages appear to have originated in a foreign country.

The exact types of seeds are unknown, but they are thought to be invasive plant species and could pose a risk to local agriculture and the environment. The seeds are not believed to be harmful to humans or pets.

MDAR encourages Massachusetts residents that receive an unsolicited package of seeds to not plant the seeds. Instead, please complete a form on MDAR website to provide important information to state plant regulatory officials, and hold on to the seeds and all packaging, including the mailing label. A representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture or MDAR will be in contact with instructions regarding the collection or disposal of the seeds.