Amazon bans sales of imported seeds

Camellia seeds (illustration). – Wangwei / Costfoto / Sipa USA / SIPA

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 …

“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.

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