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Security & Strategic Review - November 2020

BRAZIL: Bioterrorism or brushing?

The delivery by international post of parcels containing seeds of unknown origin to people across Brazil, who had not placed orders for these deliveries, has sparked biosecurity concerns in the country. A spate of comparable unsolicited deliveries across the US, Canada, and Europe earlier this year prompted similar concerns, but these were later ruled to most likely be ‘brushing’ – a scam used by online sellers to boost their own business ratings.

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