Warning issued over unsolicited packages of seeds
“Do not plant seeds from unknown origins. Unauthorized seeds could be the seeds of invasive plants, or carry plant pests, which can be harmful when introduced into Canada. These species can invade agricultural and natural areas, causing serious damage to our plant resources,” the CFIA warned.
“If you receive a seed package that you did not order, please contact your regional CFIA office immediately. Keep the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label until a CFIA inspector contacts you with further instructions.”
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is urging residents to heed the CFIA alert.
“Anyone in the East Kootenay who receives unsolicited seeds via mail should double bag them in sealed bags and drop them off in the secure mailbox at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency office in Cranbrook (300A-535 Victoria Ave, in the Save-On Foods parking lot).
“If you want a follow up, leave your name and number with the sealed bag. Do not plant the seeds. The CFIA number is (250) 417-2293,” the RDEK stated on social media.