Report Unsolicited, Mislabeled Seeds Received by Mail, Agriculture Department Warns

Dear Friends,

The Department of Agriculture has warned consumers to properly discard and report unordered and mislabeled seeds shipped from overseas.

People nationwide (including our district) have received seeds in packages labeled as jewelry. These seeds may contain plant diseases, weeds or invasive plants that could harm Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and ecosystem.

If you receive these seeds:

  • Keep them in the package. (If opened, double bag and seal the seeds.)
  • Do not plant them or discard loose seeds.
  • Report the package to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline, 800-877-3835 or email SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to protect and promote agriculture in Pennsylvania, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

If you have any further questions on this or any state-related matter, don’t hesitate to contact my office by phone at (215) 572-5210 or by email at RepMcCarter@pahouse.net.

Stay safe and well.

Sincerely,
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Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative

Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough