TORONTO – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned Canada not to package plant “unsolicited” seeds.
The agency said in a statement that these seeds can contain invasive species and may be hazardous to the agricultural and natural areas.
“Do not plant seeds of unknown origin,” the CFIA said in the statement. “Unauthorized Seed can be an invasive plant seed, or carry pests of plants, which can be harmful when introduced into Canada.”
In a tweet, Ontario Provincial Police said the foreign seeds are usually shipped from China or Taiwan.
CFIA urges anyone who receives these seeds can contact their local CFIA office and keep the package until an inspector contacts you.
United States Department of Agriculture issued a similar warning on Tuesday, said it believed the seed is part of the “brushing fraud,” where the seller sends someone a cheap product or empty boxes, then using shipping information to make a fake review for the company, which could raise the rating on e-commerce sites.
USDA said it was collecting seeds from people who never received them for further testing.
If you receive an unsolicited shipment of foreign seeds in the mail from China or Taiwan DO NOT plant or dispose of them. Call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at 519 691-1306 or 1 800 442-2342. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive & threaten our environment. ^kj pic.twitter.com/n5hvlFS1W8
— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) July 28, 2020
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