Katy Perry's 'Prism' Ruled Potential Biohazard in Australia

Seed packets included with album concern the authorities

Katy Perry performs in Los Angeles.
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November 5, 2013 10:45 AM ET

Katy Perry's latest album, Prism, is Number One in Australia, but that hasn't stopped the country from declaring it a potential biohazard. Authorities have taken issue with packaging that includes a packet of "harmless local Swan River daisy seeds," according to news.com.au. The singer has been tweeting that different editions contain "seed prisms" that "you can plant to spread the light!" Although her label has claimed that the seeds for that edition were sourced locally in Western Australia, the country's Department of Agriculture is looking into international versions of the album that consumers there may buy as imports.

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"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. Regarding import versions of the album, the Department of Agriculture rep said, "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."

The Department plans on inspecting import versions of the album to assess their risk level. According to the news site, the U.S. version of the album can be purchased on eBay for AUS $19, including shipping, while the Aussie edition costs AUS $24.99. It also hinted at the probability of consumers buying an import version when it reported that Australians spent AUS $6.2 billion online at international stores versus AUS $4.6 billion online at Australian stores

Prism debuted at Number One in the U.S. upon its release, selling 286,000 copies and displacing Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt for the top spot. Perry celebrated the release, which contains the hits "Roar" and "Unconditionally," with an intimate performance and Q&A in Los Angeles. There, she teased a tour that will take place next year, saying, "It's time for new visuals, a new era." 

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