Amazon boycotts foreign plant sales following delivery of secret seed packages
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- September 7, 2020
Amazon is allegedly notwithstanding the offer of foreign plants to the US, following reports that individuals the nation over this mid year have been accepting dubious, spontaneous packages of seeds, huge numbers of which are postmarked from China.
Amazon’s new policy became effective on Thursday, as indicated by an email saw by The Wall Street Journal, which originally expounded on the boycott Saturday. Amazon didn’t quickly react to a request for confirmation, however the Journal likewise noticed that the organization has updated its seller rules to reflect the change. The email Amazon purportedly sent to foreign seed sellers said the change is essential for the organization’s “ongoing efforts to protect our customers and enhance the customer experience,” the Journal said.
The seed deliveries have been a summer secret. Looking into it are the US Department of Agriculture’s Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and other government and state organizations. In late July, in excess of 27 states had detailed puzzling seed deliveries, as per The New York Times.
The USDA is encouraging any individual who gets a spontaneous package of seeds to promptly contact their state plant regulatory authority or APHIS state plant health director.
“USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to US agriculture or the environment,” a press statement reads, warning: “Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.”
“At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a ‘brushing scam’ where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales,” the statement adds.