Random seeds, bad intentions?


Random seeds, bad intentions?

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has joined a growing number of states warning about mysterious seeds in the mail.

Small packets of seed have been arriving in the mail which appear to be from China and potentially are part of a “brushing” scam which fakes online reviews after companies mail products to customers who never ordered them.

Mike Philip, director of the department’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, says they don’t know what type of seeds are being mailed but they are potentially invasive and could be harmful to livestock.

The department is encouraging consumers not to open the packets or throw them away, but to contact their agency in an effort to support the ongoing national investigation led by USDA.

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