Katy Perry's biose­cu­rity risk

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Pop princess Katy Perry has caused quite a stir in the south­ern hemi­sphere, and not for the usual rea­sons. The pa­per pack­ag­ing of her deluxe ver­sion of Prism is em­bed­ded with wild­flower seeds which, says Ms Perry, can be planted in the earth in­stead of be­ing thrown away. Aus­tralian biose­cu­rity of­fi­cials are tak­ing a hard line. While the pack­ag­ing in­cluded with the do­mes­tic Aus­tralian re­lease of Prism is em­bed­ded with harm­less, non-in­va­sive Swan River daisy seeds, ac­cord­ing to The In­de­pen­dent, Perry fans or­der­ing in­ter­na­tional ver­sions of the al­bum via the in­ter­net or smug­gling it back from abroad could po­ten­tially have it con­fis­cated by bor­der of­fi­cials “as plant ma­te­ri­als from out­side the coun­try must be thor­oughly as­sessed be­fore en­try”.

One com­men­ta­tor, tak­ing a dim view of the Aus­tralian’s tough ap­proach, says it’s a relief the al­bum was not em­bed­ded with cane toads. In New Zealand, the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries is also on the case.

“All CDs on sale in New Zealand have met the ap­pro­pri­ate im­port re­quire­ments con­cern­ing seed and present no biose­cu­rity risk”.

“The Min­istry has had dis­cus­sions with the New Zealand dis­trib­u­tor and can con­firm that all CDs on sale in New Zealand have met the ap­pro­pri­ate im­port re­quire­ments con­cern­ing seed and present no biose­cu­rity risk” a spokesper­son said. And all online im­ports would be sub­jected to the nor­mal biose­cu­rity clear­ance pro­cesses.

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