WI DATCP Warns of Unsolicited Seed Packets

Unsolicited Seeds and Other Packages

​​​​​​​The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail that appear to have originated from China. These packages may contain seeds or other small items (a piece of jewelry, face masks, etc.).

​In addition to the guidance below, consumers can follow DATCP on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram​ and sign up​ to receive DATCP’s news releases. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

What should I do if I receive a package of unsolicited seeds?

  1. Do not plant or throw away the seeds.
  2. If the seeds are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package.​
  3. If possible, retain the original packaging. It may be useful as we investigate this issue.
  4. Please report the seeds to DATCP using this online form.​​

The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar packages have been received in other locations across the United States.​

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.

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 about DATCP’s Bureau of Plant Industry is available here​.​​

What should I do if I receive an unsolicited package that contains something else (not seeds)?

If you receive an unsolicited package that contains other items that are not seeds, please contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 422-7128 or DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov to file a complaint.​

More information about DATCP’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is available here.