Contact Officials If You Receive Unsolicited Seeds in Mail

Manchester Police are encouraging anyone who received unsolicited seeds in the mail to contact state officials.

People across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China.

The Manchester Police Department says the USDA is urging anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director.

Police encourage you to then hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from the Iowa Department of Agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. The USDA will test their contents to determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment.

At this time, police say there is not any evidence that indicates 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.