BREAKING NEWS Potential PG&E power shutoff may impact nearly 54,000 customers Wednesday evening Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Mystery seeds from China are being shipped to mail boxes across the US

If you've received a mysterious package of seeds in the mail lately, don't plant them.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 4:41 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 10:40 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -- Butte, Shasta, and Glenn county agriculture commissioners are warning residents of "mysterious and unsolicited seed" shipments coming from China.

Recently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has become aware of a number of reports regarding “mysterious and unsolicited seeds from China and other parts of Asia.”

States are warning people about suspicious packages of seeds that appear to be from China. (CNN photo)

Action News Now checked in with the Butte County Agriculture Department to take a look at these "mystery seeds."

The seed packages - often labeled as jewelry or toys, are being shipped to homeowners throughout America. The CDFA says it's communicating with the United States Department of Agriculture to determine any necessary actions for shipments received in California.

The Department of Agriculture in several North State counties are instructing residents not to open, plant, or dispose of any unsolicited seed packets received, but to contact our office.

“Invasive species can devastate the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects, severely damage crops, and poison livestock. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations and protect our $632 million agricultural industry,” stated Louie Mendoza, Butte County Agricultural Commissioner.

Recipients of these seeds are asked to contact your local agriculture department for arrangements to collect, isolate, and properly store the seed. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 879645

Reported Deaths: 16982
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2893666877
Riverside640751272
San Bernardino597791021
Orange570711410
San Diego52735853
Kern33448410
Fresno30051429
Sacramento24425468
Santa Clara23355378
Alameda22738433
San Joaquin21187484
Contra Costa18157234
Stanislaus17341392
Tulare17120275
Ventura13901160
Imperial12475335
San Francisco11901133
Monterey1109183
San Mateo10810157
Santa Barbara9608119
Merced9314152
Sonoma8934129
Kings815983
Solano711774
Marin7019124
Madera488673
San Luis Obispo400932
Placer397852
Yolo307356
Butte301950
Santa Cruz270623
Napa188214
Sutter179612
Shasta172329
San Benito140314
El Dorado12834
Yuba125310
Mendocino110321
Tehama7748
Lassen7571
Lake67015
Glenn6393
Nevada5828
Humboldt5549
Colusa5456
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2494
Inyo21515
Siskiyou1840
Mono1752
Del Norte1731
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 91°
Oroville
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 89°
Paradise
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 91°
Chester
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 72°
Red Bluff
Clear
95° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 95°
Willows
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 91°
Gusty winds, hot temperatures, and dry conditions are prompting a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger today. Gusty winds will keep fire danger high through the end of the week, but a welcome cooling trend is on the way in your extended forecast.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events