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‘Invasive disease’ fears as mystery Chinese seeds grow ‘like crazy’ into unknown plant sprouting bizarre yellow fruit


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MAN who received one of the mystery seed packages from China planted them on his property and said they produced a “large white fruit”.

Several states have issued warnings about the seeds, with fears they may be invasive plant species that could seriously damage the US’ ecosystem.

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The plant is producing large white fruit from orange flowers that resemble those of a squash[/caption]

Doyle Crenshawn, who lives in Booneville, Arkansas, planted the seed “just to see what would happen,” he told local CBS-TV affiliate KSFM.

“Every two weeks I’d come by and put Miracle-Gro on it, and they just started growing like crazy,’’ Crenshawn said.

The plant is producing large white fruit from orange flowers resembling those similar to a squash.

Crenshawn planted the seeds despite urgent warnings from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture not to put them in the ground.

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“We … planted the seeds just to see what would happen,’’ Booneville resident Doyle Crenshawn said[/caption]

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The man planted the seeds although US agriculture officials have issued a dire warning to recipients not to put them in the ground[/caption]

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A warning from state officials[/caption]

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People all over the United States say they have received unsolicited packages of seeds from China[/caption]

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Officials are asking that people not plant the seeds or dispose of them on their own[/caption]

“Our concern is from an invasive-pest aspect: These seeds could introduce an invasive weed or an invasive insect pest or a plant disease,” Scott Bray of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture told the TV station.

State officials said some packages were labeled as jewelry and may have contained Chinese writing.

“I opened them up and they were seeds,” Culley told local news station Fox 13 in Utah. “Obviously, they’re not jewelry!”

Cooley said she posted about the bizarre incident on Facebook and she was surprised to learn that the same thing had happened to at least 40 people who had commented on her post.

The USDA said it had no evidence the shipments are something other than a “brushing scam”.

The way this kind of scam works is businesses will create fake customer accounts, buy their own products, and send them to your home.

While the online customer accounts may be fake, the addresses are legitimate.

This means that the mischievous sellers can now use those accounts to register real deliveries, post nice product reviews, and improve their rankings on e-commerce sites like Amazon or eBay.

CBS News confirmed that residents in all 50 states have now reported receiving suspicious packages of seeds.

No one really knows for sure what the seeds are, although USDA is collecting seed packages from recipients and testing their contents.

The agency will determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to US agriculture or the environment.

In the meantime, authorities strongly advised those who received the seeds to not plant them.


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