The USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. Thank you for your report of receipt of such seeds. At this time:

  • Do not plant the seed. Do not throw the seed away. 
  • Keep the seed in its original packaging if possible.
  • Keep all other original materials that came with the seed, such as labels and envelopes.
  • If possible, please send the seed and related material to the USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine Office at the following address:
    222 Holiday Dr., Suite 1
    White River Junction, VT 05001
    Please include the following information with the package:
    ·         Your name
    ·         Address
    ·         Email
    ·         Phone number
    ·         Did you order seeds? (Y/N)  If Yes, what website did you order from?

    ·         Did you plant the seeds? (Y/N)

    If you are unable to ship the seed or have already planted the seed, please email Stephen Lavallee at and provide the information listed above.  (He is the State Plant Health Director for NH & VT.)

    ·         Most importantly…….Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

    At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients to identify the seeds and all seeds collected will be destroyed by approved methods.
    USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit the APHIS’ website to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance. 
    Thank you for helping to safeguard US agriculture.