Filing a Complaint

Complaints involving mislabeled seed are submitted to AMS for investigation. Most complaints are submitted by State seed control officials through existing cooperative agreements but anyone may submit a complaint to AMS. State inspectors routinely inspect and sample seed shipments being marketed in their States.

When a violation is confirmed, regulatory action is taken against the interstate shipper. Sometimes a settlement can be reached.  View a list of settled FSA cases

Any information on interstate shipments found to be mislabeled may be submitted to AMS for action, such as:

  • letter of warning for minor violations and technical violations 
  • monetary penalty for serious violations

Submit complaints to:

Seed Regulatory and Testing Division
S&T, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture
801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054-2193