In a statement on Tuesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) urged anyone who receives a package of unsolicited seeds not to plant them.
“Do not plant seeds of unknown origin,” the statement read.
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“Unauthorized seeds can be the seeds of invasive plants or carry plant pests, which can be harmful when introduced into Canada.”
The CFIA has stated that these species can invade agricultural and natural areas, causing serious damage to Canada’s plant resources.
The agency said anyone who receives a seed package should contact their regional CFIA office “immediately”.
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“Save the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until a CFIA inspector contacts you with further instructions,” the release said.
Global News has contacted the CFIA to determine how many Canadians reported receiving packages of seed and where the packages were shipped from, but had not received a response at the time of publication.
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