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Australian Authorities Concerned Katy Perry's Prism May Be A Biohazard

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11/05/2013 10:52 pm
PopWrapped | Celebrities
Australian Authorities Concerned Katy Perry's Prism May Be A Biohazard
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Sarah Goddard

Content Editor

While Katy Perry is enjoying the success of her latest album Prism, authorities in Australia are concerned that the physical CD may in fact be a potential biohazard. The concern came when the Australian Department of Agriculture learned that the deluxe version of the album came with a small packet of seeds after the songstress tweeted “USA: EXCLUSIVE! The 1st 300k copies of #PRISM (Deluxe) has a seed prism you can plant to spread the light! Pre-order”. Management for Perry assured local authorities that all “seeds are specific to each region and that each was sourced locally”. It is understood that the seeds contained in the Australian deluxe edition are Swan River daisy seeds that have been sourced from Western Australia. It isn’t the locally bought CD’s that have authorities worried, it’s the International versions that Australian residents may purchase and have shipped into the country. With the deluxe edition of Prism retailing in Australia for $24.99AUD some fans might decide on the cheaper option of buying the album from eBay or Amazon which, including shipping from the United States costs less than $19AUD. With this in mind, the Australian Department of Agriculture’s biosecurity officers are on the alert for any imported versions of the album as they pass through customs. A representative for the DoA said “Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern,” The representative went on to say, “The Australian Government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of biosecurity concern. This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage. Our biosecurity officers at international airports, seaports and mail centres assess the risks associated with various items every day and are well trained in making informed decisions about whether items could be of biosecurity concern” Prism is currently number one on the official Australian ARIA charts.


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