Broomfield staff are receiving a number of reports this week of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that appear to have originated from China and other countries and labeled as containing jewelry or other items. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.
The City is working closely with the Colorado Department of Agriculture who sent this press release out on this issue on Monday noting that they are working with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.
Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should take the following immediate actions:
Contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industry Division at email@example.com or at 303.548.5333.
Hold onto the seeds and original package safely, including the mailing label, until someone from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions.
Do not plant seeds from unknown origins, and do not put the seeds in the trash, which could ultimately end up in the landfill and then sprout.