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DATCP Issues Guidance on Chinese Seed Packages
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/29/2020

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The agency said that the types of seeds in the packages are unknown and may contain invasive plant species.

DATCP experts warn people not to plant or throw away the seeds. If they are in sealed packaging, it is recommended to leave them unopened.

Federal law requires all foreign seeds shipped to the United States to have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet import requirements. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock.

The state is working with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Wisconsin's diverse agricultural industry.

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