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We have recently learned of unsolicited seeds, possibly from China, being sent in the mail to residents of the United States. We want to assure you that this is a legitimate concern and should you or someone you know receive one of these packages, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has advised that you do not open the package and you do not plant the seeds as they could be an invasive species.

“At this time, we are not sure what the seeds are and therefore are urging everyone to be exceedingly vigilant,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black says. “If you have received one of these packages in the mail, please use extreme caution by not touching the contents and securing the package in a plastic bag.”

GDA asks that you send your package, along with your contact information, to their office on the Griffin campus at:

  • Georgia Dept. of Agriculture
  • 215 Redding Building,
  • 1109 Experiment Street.,
  • Griffin, GA 30223

or seeds can be sent to Seed lab in Tifton:

  • Tifton Seed Laboratory
  • PO Box 1507
  • 3150 U.S. Hwy 41 South
  • Tifton, Georgia 31793

Please see this pdf for the complete press release from GDA.