All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet import requirements. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production.
What should I do if I receive a package of unsolicited seeds?
- Do not plant or throw away the seeds.
- If the seeds are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package.
- If possible, retain the original packaging. It may be useful as we investigate this issue.
- Please report the seeds to DATCP using this online form.
DATCP works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural industry.
More information at: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/UnsolicitedSeeds.aspx