If you’ve been mailed mysterious seeds, Mass. Dept. of Ag. asks you to standby for instructions

BOSTON — The federal government is investigating reports that unidentified seeds are turning up in people’s mailboxes all over the country, sent from China.

“They were from China, there was no description, and I had no idea what kind of seeds I was looking at,” said Meaghan Yuska, a Swampscott resident.

Meaghan Yuska, from Swampscott, was baffled when the packaged arrived Tuesday with the seeds inside.

Then, when scrolling on Facebook, she received some branches of insight.

The same thing has been happening across the nation, in 27 states so far.

“Someone has posted an article about – if you have an article like this don’t open it, don’t plant it – I don’t even have to do research I’m just not going to plant it,” said Yuska.

That’s exactly what the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is advising.

They say don’t plant them.

They don’t yet know what kind of seeds they are but they could be a threat to environment.

“Invasive plant species can threaten the integrity of local ecosystems and displace native plants, including rare and endangered species. The most effective approach to mitigating the risk of invasive plant infestation is to take steps to ensure they are not planted.”

—  The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)

As more information came in, the story grew a bit more alarming for Yuska.

“Oh my gosh, don’t touch them, don’t plant them. Yeah, very disturbing,” said Yuska.

A possible reason behind the mystery?

Here is what the US Department of Agriculture is saying, “at this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.”

Yuska isn’t sure about that.

“It doesn’t seem like anything they can post a false review on. I don’t know,” said Yuska.

She is going to follow the directions from officials, but she does hope for some answers down the line.

“I’d be interested to see -- you know -- why we were chosen or how they have our address even,” she said. “That’s a little creepy.”

If you receive a mysterious package of seeds, investigators say do not open the package, do not plant the seeds if the packaging has been opened, and report your delivery so investigators can gather evidence.

Officials ask that you report the delivery.

The state said someone from the Department of Agriculture will contact you with details about what to do with the seeds after you alert them through this form.

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