The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) continues to collect reports from citizens who received unsolicited packages from China containing seeds. ADAI has established an online reporting system for Alabama residents who received suspicious seeds they did not order. Please visit agi.alabama.gov/reportseeds and provide the requested information. At the end of the online form, consumers will be given directions on how to store the seeds properly until contacted by ADAI.
Currently there is not 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.
ADAI is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and is testing their contents for unknown compounds, noxious weed seed, and invasive species. This testing will determine if they contain anything that could negatively impact U.S. agriculture or the environment.
Please remember to hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from ADAI contacts you with further instructions. DO NOT open the packaging or plant the seeds.
For more information, contact ADAI’s Ag Compliance section at (334) 240-7304.