State Warns Public About Unsolicited Seed Packets Received by Minnesotans

August 3, 2020

The Minnesota State Department of Agriculture is asking cities to help inform residents about how to respond if they receive unexpected seeds.

All 50 states have issued alerts to the public related to unexpected seeds, often labeled as jewelry or garden supplies, that have been delivered to people’s homes. The actual source of these seeds and the threat they may pose to agriculture and the environment are not known but could be significant.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is asking cities to help inform residents about what they should do if they receive unordered seeds. If your city learns that a resident has received unsolicited seeds, please give them the following instructions:

  • Do not throw away the package or its contents.
  • Do not plant the seeds.
  • Contact the Arrest the Pest line at (888) 545-6684 or arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us and provide your name, contact information, and the date the package was received.

—Learn more from the MDA website

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