November 6th, 2013
11:36 AM ET
Katy Perry's 'Prism' potential biohazard Down Under
Katy Perry wants her fans to plant seeds of "light" with her new album, "Prism," but Australian officials are worried they might plant something more dangerous.
The singer's record, which debuted at No. 1 last week, has a deluxe version that came with a seed paper insert for the first 300,000 buyers in the U.S. The seeds are included, as Perry tweeted on October 17, so that listeners "can plant (them) to spread the light!"
But that cheerful instruction has led Australia's Department of Agriculture to worry that imported CDs could pose a bio-security risk, as Australia's News Limited Network reports.
While deluxe copies of the Australian release of "Prism" come with locally sourced Swan River daisy seeds, it's the imported editions that have caused alarm.
"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," a Department of Agriculture spokesperson told news.com.au. "The Australian Government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of bio-security concern. This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage," and of course, any international editions of Perry's CDs.
It does seem that Perry's "Prism" is just as popular Down Under as it is in the States: her album is also No. 1 on Australia's ARIA chart.
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