A packet of unsolicited seeds from China and the packaging it came in.
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Don Robinson Talks to Us About the “Mysterious Seed Packets” Showing Up In Mailboxes

By now, we’re sure you’ve heard about people across the country receiving seed packets from China. We talked to Seed Administrator, Don Robinson, with the Office of Indiana State Chemist, to explain what to do if you receive these seeds in the mail.

https://omny.fm/shows/home-garden/mysterious-seeds-with-don-robinson

Remember

DO NOT THROW AWAY

DO NOT MICROWAVE

DO NOT OPEN

AND PLEASE DON’T PLANT

It’s also suggested by officials that Amazon customers may want to change their online passwords. The US Department of Agriculture says many of the unsolicited seed recipients seem to be people who recently purchased something online.

USDA GUIDANCE FOR SEED RECIPIENTS IN INDIANA

  • Save the seeds and the package they came in, including the mailing label.
  • If the packets are already open, place all materials (seeds and packaging) into a zip lock bag and seal it.
  • Place everything (seeds and any packaging, including the mailing label) in a mailing envelope. Include your name, address, and phone number so state or federal agriculture officials can contact you for additional information.

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Nick Johnson
3059 N Morton St
Franklin, IN 46131

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