More than 350-Iowans report getting mystery seed packets in mail

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Agriculture continues to receive more reports about Iowans receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds in mail.

The department reports receiving at least 300 phone calls or reports about the seeds, since first alerting Iowans about the issue earlier this week.

The packages are from China or other countries countries, and are believed to be part of a widespread consumer scam. There have been similar reports in all 50-states.

People are urged not to plant the seeds or handle them, but to report it to state or federal agriculture officials. There is concern the seeds may include invasive plants, chemicals, or plant diseases unknown to the U.S.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture has established an on-line reporting form, or residents can call


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