Amazon no longer wants mystery seeds. The e-commerce giant announced on Saturday that it would ban sales of imported seeds on its platform, with thousands of Americans denouncing having received packages they had not ordered this summer, mainly from China. “We now only allow the sale of seeds by traders based in the United States,” Amazon said.
A first alert at the end of July
The United States Department of Agriculture reported in late July that packages of seeds had been sent to Americans and recommended not to plant them, in case they pose a danger to American agriculture. Examinations of these mysterious packages revealed that at least 14 different kinds of seeds had been exported: mint, mustard, rosemary, lavender, hibiscus, roses …
#News Update: As of Aug. 11, #APHIS has received 9,300+ emails and answered ~600 calls from citizens reporting unsolicited seed packages or seeking related information. To date, we have collected 1,333 packages of seeds for APHIS’ inspection. pic.twitter.com/EvfHMZHHCP
— USDA APHIS (@USDA_APHIS) August 11, 2020
“At this point we have no evidence that this is anything other than a scam where people receive products without having ordered them from a seller who then posts fake reviews. positive to boost sales, ”the Ministry of Agriculture said on August 12.