State agriculture officials warn Vermonters about mailed seeds

Several packages of unidentified seeds have recently arrived in Vermont mailboxes, causing concerns among state agriculture officials.  

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock,” the Vermont Agency of Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, stated in a news release Wednesday.

Over 30 states have reported receiving similar packages in the mail, with state officials issuing advisories warning residents to not open or plant the seeds.

“There is concern that if germinated they could wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects or disease could severely damage crops,” the Vermont Agency of Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets added.

Early reports appear to trace the seeds to China, although packages with labels from other countries have also been found.

Currently, no information is available on what types of seeds are being mailed to residents. The agency is advising residents who receive unsolicited seeds from another country to report to the Agency at their website or over the phone at (802) 828-5050.

Those that receive the seeds are advised to keep the package and seeds to be later used as evidence.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or ebakuli@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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