Katy Perry's biosecurity risk
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.