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Officials say not to plant mysterious seed packages coming from China

Residents in several states have received the mysterious packages that they never ordered.

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Officials in several states are warning residents not to plant any unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's Facebook page, the seeds are sent in packages usually stating that the contents are jewelry. Officials said unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock.

Officials in Kentucky and Ohio said they have received several reports of residents getting unsolicited packages in the mail containing unknown types of seeds.

The seeds could be invasive plant species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants or could be harmful to livestock, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said in a release. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production.

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Similar seed packets have been received recently in several other locations across the United States.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles tweeted out a picture of the seeds, saying Kentucky is the fourth known state to report the packages. Quarles said multiple states have opened investigations.

Quarles warned residents not to plant the seeds as they could contain invasive species and to put the package and seeds in a zip-close bag and wash your hands immediately.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is warning residents not to plant the seeds and if they come in sealed packaging, to not open the package.

Those who may have received such a package can contact the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Anti-smuggling Hotline by calling 800-877-3835 or by emailing SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.

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