Department Issues Warning About Seeds

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that it has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China.

The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

The department urges anyone who receives these packages to not plant these seeds. VDACS encourages anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appears to have Chinese origin to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services at (804) 786-3515 or through the ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia. gov email.

Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops, according to the department. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.