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Monday
Nov042013

Is Katy Perry's New Album a Biohazard Down Under?

Capitol RecordsThe deluxe version of Katy Perry's album PRISM comes with "seed paper" -- that is, paper impregnated with seeds that will germinate and grow if you bury the paper.  But this fun item isn't so funny to the Australian Department of Agriculture.

The Aussie news site News.com.au reports that distributing the album internationally may cause a problem because if the seeds aren't obtained locally, they could pose a biohazard.  While the Australian version of PRISM features daisy seeds that actually come from Down Under, international versions of the album imported into Australia are still suspect, according to the Department of Agriculture.

"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," a department spokesperson said, noting that "further inquiries" are being made.

If international versions of the album are found in Australia, the department says they'll have to be inspected to "assess the level of risk."

"Our biosecurity officers...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," said the spokesperson.

Katy's album is currently number one on the Australian chart.

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