ILDA STATEMENT ON SEEDS IN MAIL

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has released a statement regarding the mailing of unsolicited seeds to residents across the state. The statement says that the agency is currently working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service after recieving reports of the mailings from foreign countries. Anyone who recieves unordered seeds through the mail should immediately contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture via email and provide your first and last name and the number of packages received. The seed packages should not be opened. They should not be planted or thrown out. The seeds should be kept unopened in their original packaging and labels including mailing labels until further instructions are provided.