For the past few weeks, at least 187 Texans have been receiving mail, from China, that had mystery seeds in it. All the 50 states have already issued warnings regarding these unknown seed bundles, thus causing concern among agriculture leaders and government officials.
Sid Miller, the Commissioner of Department of Agriculture, Texas, revealed that many of these seeds were found to be gardening and agricultural seeds. But, some were weeds that could be noxious or might hurt Texas’ agricultural system.
He asked people to take the matter seriously. He revealed that TDA is working with USDA to identify these unknown seeds to prevent any kind of harm that they could cause to Texas.
Miller announced that those who receive these seeds should immediately contact TDA and leave them in the packaging. People were warned not to throw the packages away to avoid the growth of seeds in landfills. Keeping these seeds or planting them will be considered as illegal since they are an illegal product.
Using mail to send these seeds to the US, from overseas, is illegal since this has been done without proper permits. Moreover, most of the packages were mislabeled as jewelry.
While the testing of the seeds is still ongoing, there is a good possibility that these are a part of a brushing scam, where some vendor is trying to attempt to bolster the rating of the product by shipping them and then writing a review using that person’s name.
The results will be out within 7 to 10 days, said Miller. We also saw him trying to connect the seeds to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He said that he was getting tired of the surprises from China, like coronavirus and murder hornets. The U.S. also had to close the embassy due to spying issues.