Amazon stops online sale of seeds after mysterious packages from China

Amazon bans sale of foreign seeds in the United States after seed packages from China were delivered with China Post written on it.

E-commerce giant Amazon has banned foreign seeds’ sales on its application and website after people were delivered with mysterious and unidentified seed packages from China, with China Post written on them. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture has informed the residents not to plant these seeds, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

US government bans foreign seeds on Amazon

Following this, the US government banned the sale of foreign seeds and has only permitted selling seeds grown in the country. While the seeds were mysterious and absurd, they were delivered in white and yellow packages in envelopes, saying that the package might contain jewelry, earbuds, or toys.

After researching the seeds, the USDA found twelve species, some mustard while others, morning glories. Even the State Authorities have strictly denied people not to plant or grow these seeds as they were delivered under mysterious circumstances.

Even though the packages say China Post, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin claimed that they were fake. In a public statement, Wenbin said:

“I want to point out that plant seeds are articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally for UPU member countries. China Post strictly follows the UPU provisions and prohibits seeds from conveyance by post.”

The Amazon team has taken measures, and the seeds were taken off the site. If the sellers will not agree to the terms and follow them judiciously, it could lead to the removal of their accounts.

The seeds are reportedly a scam

The investigation by the USDA, US Postal Services, and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection is still underway to look into these mysterious shipments. According to the USDA, the seeds are most likely a part of a more massive brushing scam, where vendors try to increase their visibility online by shipping inexpensive products to thousands of random receivers and then submit positive reviews on their behalf.

On August 11, Osama El-Lissy, a deputy administrator for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said that the experts found very few problems after analyzing some of the seeds from China. Moreover, El-Lissy noted that the two countries were working jointly on the investigation.

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