Biosecurity officers have been ordered to inspect Katy Perry CD’s that have been purchased from overseas due to concerns that they may pose a risk to Australia.
The deluxe version of the U.S. singer’s new album, PRISM, contains a small packet of seeds.
The Department of Agriculture has been assured that the Australian release of the CD contains locally sourced Swan River daisy seeds but the international version of the album still poses a risk to Australia. “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.
If a Department of Agriculture biosecurity officer discovers an international version of the album, they will inspect the CD to access the level of risk.
Katy Perry’s album is number one on the ARIA chart, and with the US version available for $19 including shipping (Australian version retails at $24.99), it looks like these officers may have their work cut out for them!