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NJ Department of Agriculture announces instructions about unsolicited seeds packages

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has received reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock. Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the contents are jewelry.

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Here’s what to do if you receive unsolicited seeds from another country:

  • Do not plant the seeds and if they are in sealed packaging do not open the sealed package.
  • Take a photo of the package and seeds and send the photos to USDA Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance at Mail@aphis.usda.gov.
  • Maintain the seeds and packaging and send to the USDA Office located at: USDA APHIS PPQ, Attention: Gregory Soto, 1500 Lower Road, Linden, NJ 07036

Include your name, address, phone number and email address on a piece of paper and insert it in your package.

If anyone has planted or discarded seeds please send an email to Gregory.t.soto@usda.gov.

If individuals are aware of the potential smuggling of prohibited exotic fruits, vegetables, or meat products into or through the USA, they can help APHIS by contacting the confidential Anti-Smuggling Hotline number at 1-800-877-3835 or by sending an Email to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. USDA will make every attempt to protect the confidentiality of any information sources during an investigation within the extent of the law.

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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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