DO NOT Plant Unsolicited Seeds Received in the Mail From China

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Shipping package and seeds

Unsolicited Seeds From China

Many people have received unsolicited packages from China labeled as containing earrings, but actually containing seeds. DO NOT plant these seeds as they could be a pathway for the introduction of invasive species, insects, and plant diseases.

This type of international shipment of plant material is unlawful and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services asks anyone who received one of these unsolicited foreign shipments to save the contents along with all shipping labels and contact the Plant Industry Division toll-free at 800-206-9333 or email at Plant Industry staff will contact you to gather information and pick up the package.

North Carolina residents are not in violation of any regulations if they received these shipments, but they are the key to identifying and stopping future shipments. If you received an unsolicited packet of seeds send an email to with:

    • contact information including:
      • Name
      • Address
      • City
      • Phone number
    • a picture of the seeds and the package

Then place the contents in a zip-lock bag. They will send a staff member to pick up the seed.

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