USDA reveals the contents of mysterious seed bags sent from China
On Wednesday, a USDA official said in a statement that 14 different species of the seeds have been identified so far. They include seeds of flowering plants, herbs and vegetables.
"We have identified 14 different species of seeds, including mustard, cabbage, morning glory and some of the herbs, like mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, then other seeds like hibiscus and roses," said Osama El-Lissy of the USDAs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Earlier this week, officials in at least 28 states urged residents to report any unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have been sent from China because they could be harmful.
"Based on information provided by constituents, the packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them," the Delaware Department of Agriculture said in a statement Monday. "All contained some sort of seed packet either alone, with jewelry, or another inexpensive item."