[Ed. – Some are being mailed from the Solomon Islands and UAE. (??) So far, they seem to be targeting “AUSCANUKUS,” as the military calls them: U.S., Canada, and (probably) UK and Australia – there are reports of seeds arriving by mail under investigation in both of the latter. (It appears more definite in Canada.) Bottom line: if you receive them, don’t plant them. I’m not buying that this is just a “brushing” scheme. You could achieve the goal of a brushing scheme without ever actually mailing anything to anyone.]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said consumers in at least 22 U.S. states and several other countries had received unsolicited packages of seeds. Canada, the U.K. and Australia all are investigating the matter.
The USDA, in a recorded radio broadcast released Wednesday night, revealed the world-wide scope of the seed shipments after thousands of people across the U.S. reported receiving seeds in the mail they didn’t order. States from Washington to Virginia have warned residents about the unsolicited packages, and the USDA said earlier this week that it was collecting the packages to test the seeds for anything of concern.
In Louisiana, state inspectors are working to collect hundreds more packages sent from countries including China, Uzbekistan and the Solomon Islands. Other recipients say packages were sent from the United Arab Emirates and Kyrgyzstan.