Sep 6, 2020

Mystery seeds: Amazon bans foreign plant sales in US

Amazon says it has banned foreign sales of seeds in the US after thousands of Americans received unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, most from China. The online retail giant told the BBC that it will now only allow the sale of seeds by sellers based in the US. US officials said gardeners should not plant seeds of unknown origin. Amazon's new guidelines, in effect since 3 September, also prohibit the sale of seeds within America by non-US residents. In an update on 11 August, the US Department of Agriculture said experts analysing the seeds found few problems with them, and that China was assisting with investigations. So-called "Brushing" scams involve sellers sending out low value items such as seeds or rings.

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