Have you received mysterious packages of seeds? Utah officials want you to send them in for testing

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) -The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is working to help Utahns who are receiving unsolicited packages from outside of the United States of America, containing plant seeds.

The department said residents throughout the state have reported receiving packages they did not order, containing plant seeds. UDAF officials warn that foreign plant material may pose a threat to Utah’s private and public lands by introducing invasive plants that can disrupt the ecosystem.

The department said so far, Utahns have reported seeds arriving from Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and China.

Individuals who may have received an unsolicited package containing plant seeds are asked to give the package, in its entirety, over to the UDAF’s Plant Industry Division for testing.

Residents can mail their packages to:
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
ATTN: State Seed Lab
PO Box 146500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6500

Or drop them off at:
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
ATTN: State Seed Lab
350 N. Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116

“Right now, we think it is a scam,” said UDAF commissioner Logan Wilde at a news conference Tuesday. “At this time, we do not have any evidence to indicate that this is something other than a brushing scam where people receive unsolicited items from sellers who the post false customer reviews to boost their sales.”

UDAF’s State Seed Lab said it will work to identify the seeds to determine whether they are on
the federal or state noxious lists. Then the lab will destroy the material to prevent it from entering Utah’s ecosystem.

If residents cannot get the seeds to UDAF, they are asked to kill the seeds by baking them at
200 degrees for 40 minutes, then throw them away.

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