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Guidance from FDACS on Suspicious Seed Packets

You may have seen reports of people receiving unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S.

Seeds from unknown origins are a concern because they may may introduce invasive plant species or pose a threat to plant, animal or human health.

For complete details, read the full press release from FDACS.

For more information on invasive species, visit the website for UF/IFAS Invasive Species Programs or contact your local UF/IFAS Extension office.

In the interest of protecting agriculture, the environment and Florida residents, FDACS is urging anyone who receives unsolicited seed packages from other countries to follow these directions:

  • Do not open the seed packet and avoid opening outer packaging or mailing materials, if possible
  • Do not plant the seeds or discard them in trash that will be landfilled
  • Limit contact with the seed package until further guidance on handling, disposal or collection is available from the USDA
  • Report the seed package to the FDACS Division of Plant Industry at 1-888-397-1517 or DPIhelpline@FDACS.gov
  • Report the seed package to the USDA APHIS Anti-Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835 or SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov

When reporting the seed package to FDACS and USDA/APHIS, please be prepared to provide name, physical address, phone number, and email address for contact purposes.

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