Mystery seeds from China prompt warning

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People are being warned not to plant seeds from unsolicited packages arriving in the mail, apparently from China.

Hundreds of Canadians, and thousands of Americans have received packets of seeds in the mail in recent weeks. It’s suspected it may be a ‘brushing’ scam (a way to boost online sales).

Authorities are warning people not to plant the seeds, with early test results finding they are “a mix of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb, and weed species.” Planting them could spread “invasive plant species, soil-borne diseases, or insect pests,” said the Canadian Seed Trade Association.

Anyone receiving seeds should contact the CFIA.

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