Amazon.com Inc stated it has banned overseas gross sales of seeds within the United States after 1000’s of Americans acquired unsolicited packages of seeds of their mailboxes, principally postmarked from China.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in July recognized greater than a dozen plant species starting from morning glories to mustard within the baggage of unsolicited seeds. It warned Americans to not plant the seeds.
According to plant specialists, seeds from different elements of the world may very well be non-native varieties that hurt commodity crops.
“Moving forward, we are only permitting the sale of seeds by sellers who are based in the U.S.,” Amazon stated in an emailed assertion on Saturday.
The firm modified its coverage on seed gross sales on Wednesday.
The coverage change was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The firm added that sellers who don’t observe its pointers shall be topic to motion, together with potential elimination of their accounts.
According to Amazon’s coverage internet web page, the ban extends to vegetation and plant merchandise.
The USDA in July stated the packages had been almost certainly a part of a “brushing” rip-off, through which folks obtain unsolicited objects from a vendor who then posts false constructive buyer opinions to spice up gross sales.
In an replace on Aug. 11, Osama El-Lissy, a deputy administrator for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), stated the specialists analyzing a few of the seeds from China discovered only a few issues. El-Lissy added that the 2 international locations had been working collectively on the investigation.–Reuters