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    VENTURA, Calif. – Residents across the country have been receiving unsolicited and mysterious seeds shipped from China. The seeds are arriving in small mailer envelopes labeled with descriptions such as “stud earrings”, “jewelry”, “handmade flowers”, and “wire connectors”. Since it is illegal to ship seeds unless they meet the import requirements of the United States – including proper labeling with the name of the shipper, the type of seed, and certification where required – the small packets are sent mislabeled in order to pass through Customs undetected.

    “There is concern that these seeds may be invasive species or can carry plant diseases,” said Ed Williams, Agricultural Commissioner. “We have already been contacted by a number of residents who have turned in the seeds they received to our office. We want to work with the community to ensure that none of these seeds present a problem for our native plants and agriculture and we thank everyone in advance for their cooperation.”

    Any Ventura County residents who may have received packets such as these are asked to hold on to them and contact the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at (805) 388-4222 in Camarillo, or (805) 933-2926 in Santa Paula. Residents should not dispose of the seeds in the trash due to the risk of the seeds sprouting in the landfill. Staff with the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office will arrange for the seeds to either be picked up or will provide drop-off instructions.  

    For community members who may have already planted the seeds they received, the Agricultural Commissioner is also asking that they contact the office. Arrangements can be made to remove the seeds that were planted.

    Se pide a los residentes del condado de Ventura entregar a la Oficina del Comisionado de Agricultura semillas enviadas desde China

    VENTURA, Calif. – Los residentes de todo el país han estado recibiendo semillas no solicitadas y misteriosas enviadas desde China. Las semillas están llegando en pequeños sobres de correo etiquetados con descripciones como “aretes”, “joyas”, “flores hechas a mano” y “conectores de alambre”. Dado que es ilegal enviar semillas a menos que cumplan con los requisitos de importación de los Estados Unidos, – incluido el etiquetado adecuado con el nombre del remitente, el tipo de semilla y la certificación cuando sea necesario – los paquetes pequeños se envían mal etiquetados para pasar por la Aduana no detectado.

    “Existe la preocupación de que estas semillas pueden ser especies invasoras o pueden transmitir enfermedades de las plantas”, dijo Ed Williams, Comisionado de Agricultura. “Ya nos han contactado varios residentes que han entregado las semillas que recibieron a nuestra oficina. Queremos trabajar con la comunidad para garantizar que ninguna de estas semillas presente un problema para nuestras plantas nativas y agricultura y agradecemos de antemano a todos por su cooperación”.

    Cualquier residente del condado de Ventura que haya recibido paquetes como estos debe conservarlos y comunicarse con la Oficina del Comisionado de Agricultura del Condado de Ventura al (805) 388-4222 en Camarillo, o al (805) 933-2926 en Santa Paula. Los residentes no deben tirar las semillas a la basura debido al riesgo de que las semillas broten en el vertedero. El personal de la Oficina del Comisionado Agrícola se encargará de recoger la semilla o proporcionará instrucciones de devolución.

    Para los miembros de la comunidad que pueden haber plantado las semillas que recibieron, el Comisionado de Agricultura también les pide que se comuniquen con la oficina. Se pueden hacer arreglos para eliminar las semillas que se plantaron.


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    Rosa Arias
    Rosa Arias
    2 years ago

    I went to our mailbox and my daughter Azurim Mendez received an envelope that has seedsintead of a ring and she never ask for that . weird.

    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago

    So it isn’t enough for china to export a pandemic in virus form, now they may be attempting to destroy the one thing that makes America ahead of the rest of the world; the food we produce.

    If they can’t kill us off directly with a viral disease, then attacking our capability to feed ourselves and the rest of the world sounds like outright warfare.

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