The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), has received reports from members of the public who have received unsolicited seeds in the post from an unknown sender from outside of the EU.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the DAFM said this is similar to events reported in numerous other countries around the world, and some of these packages have been labelled as jewellery.
“As the seed origin/type is currently unknown, we are asking the public not to plant the seeds to prevent potential introduction of pests or invasive plant species into Ireland.”
“Anyone importing seeds, plants or plant products from outside of the EU must be registered with us and consignments require a phytosanitary certificate to prevent the introduction of harmful pests and invasive species into Ireland and the EU.”
Registration is free of charge, and information and forms are available here.
Do not plant or compost these seeds
“Do not plant or compost the seeds as they may pose a risk to the environment.” the department spokesperson stated.
The department advises members of the public to always source any plants and seeds responsibly from known suppliers.
If you have received seeds by post that you did not order, you are asked to please email: [email protected]
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