This package of seeds sent to a U.S. resident has been identified as Solanum lycopersicum—tomato seeds—by a U.S Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service botanist in at the John F. Kennedy Plant Inspection Station in New York. These seeds are on their way to the National Identification Services lab in Beltsville, Maryland, for further testing to determine if they carry any pests or diseases of concern to U.S. agriculture. Unsolicited seeds, labeled as a variety of things such as beads and jewelry, have been arriving in mailboxes around the nation, prompting investigation by USDA. (Photo courtesy USDA.)

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