Recently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has become aware of a number of reports regarding “mysterious and unsolicited seeds from China and other parts of Asia.” The seed packages, often labeled as jewelry, toys, etc., are being shipped to homeowners throughout the U.S., including Sacramento County. The CDFA is communicating with the United States Department of Agriculture to determine any necessary actions for shipments received in California.
In the meantime, the Department of Agriculture is instructing residents not to open, plant, or dispose of any unsolicited seed packets received, but to contact the office.
“It is unlawful for any person to ship, deliver, transport, or sell any agricultural or vegetable seed within this state that is not in compliance with the California Seed Law. Our seed law protects the environment and the agricultural industry in California from seeds that may be contaminated by pests or diseases. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing the risk of invasive species infestations,” said Chris Flores, Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner.
We encourage recipients of these seeds to contact the office at 916-875-6603 for arrangements to collect, isolate and properly store the seed. Those who have planted the seeds should contact the department for additional direction.
Sacramento County Department of Agriculture
4137 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827
425 Pine St., Suite 1-C, Galt, CA 95632
Walnut Grove Office
14177 Market St, Walnut Grove, CA 95690