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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Press announcement from the Agricultural Commissioner regarding seeds from China

For immediate press release: July 30, 2020

Contact:

Tim Gibson, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures -(530) 283-6365 

“MYSTERIOUS AND UNSOLICITED SEED” SHIPMENTS FROM CHINA

Plumas and Sierra Counties, CA – Recently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has become aware of a number of reports regarding “mysterious and unsolicited seeds from China and others parts of Asia”. The seed packages, often labeled as jewelry, toys, etc., are being shipped to homeowners throughout the U.S., including Plumas and Sierra Counties.  The CDFA is communicating with the United States Department of Agriculture to determine any necessary actions for shipments received in California.

In the meantime, the Plumas and Sierra Counties Department of Agriculture is instructing residents not to open, plant, or dispose of any unsolicited seed packets received, but to contact our office.  Invasive species can devastate the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects, severely damage crops, and poison livestock.  Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective way to protect our agricultural industry and the environment.

We encourage recipients of these seeds to contact our office at (530) 283-6365 for arrangement to collect, isolate, and properly store the seed.  If you have planted the seeds, please contact our office for additional direction.

Plumas-Sierra Counties Department of Agriculture
208 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971
(530) 283-6365
(timgibson@countyofplumas.com)

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