Growing concern: Imports of Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ declared a biohazard threat in Australia
The deluxe edition of Katy Perry’s latest record Prism contains a small packet of seeds that the pop singer is encouraging fans to plant. But in Australia, the only thing that’s growing is concern — that the seeds are a biohazard risk.
The Australian release is believed to carry safe, locally-sourced seeds. But those god-damn imports will be searched thoroughly to ensure the foreign seeds don’t post any health threats.
The BBC quoted an Australia customs spokesperson as saying: “Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of bio-security concern.”
Prism features the chart-topping single “Roar.” Here’s more from the BBC on this incredible story:
Bio-security officers in Australia have been ordered to inspect any copies of Katy Perry’s new album arriving into the country from overseas.
The Department of Agriculture fears small packets of seeds given away with Prism could pose a risk to the country.
The Australian release is believed to contain harmless locally-sourced seeds.
However, the department told news.com.au that international versions are a “bio-security concern” and will be searched on arrival in the country.
“The Australian government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of bio-security concern,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture.
“This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage.”
Her production company has assured officials that the Australian release contains Swan River daisy seeds from the west of the country, however fans can still purchase copies from abroad online.