Release Unsolicited Seeds from China

NEWS RELEASE DATE:    July 27, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT:  Rob Smook< mailto: [email protected]
Legislative Liaison, Public Information Officer & Tribal Liaison (602)542-3032

Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is aware that people across the county have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days including many in Arizona.
APHIS is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture including the Arizona Department of Agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.
Please do not discard the unsolicited package of seeds received in the mail.  Anyone in Arizona who receives an unsolicited package of seeds from China should immediately send or drop off the package to one of the following locations:

Arizona Department of Agriculture
1688 W. Adams
Phoenix, AZ  85007
(P) 602-542-0992
(F) 602-542-1004


Tucson Operations 
Arizona Department of Agriculture
Plant Services Division
400 W Congress Ste. 124
Tucson, Az.  85701
(P) 520-628-6314
(F) 520-628-6961


Yuma Operations 
Arizona Department of Agriculture
Plant Services Division 
1931 S. Arizona Avenue Suite 4
Yuma, AZ 85364
(P) 928-341-1758
(F) 928-341-1750

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