Katy Perry’s new album “Prism,” which debuted at No. 1 worldwide on Oct. 22, is being deemed a biohazard in Australia because the seeds contained inside the packaging may pose a risk to wildlife.
The deluxe version of the album contains a small packet of flower seeds which fans are encouraged to grow to “spread the light.”
According to the Daily Mail, Perry’s production company has assured the country’s Department of Agriculture (DA) that the release of the album in Australia contains local Swan River daisy seeds, which are not harmful to the ecosystem.
However, biosecurity officials say international versions of the album purchased online still pose a risk because they may not include seeds that are indigenous to the country.
"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 spokesman said.
The New York Daily News reported that Aussie officials have been told to inspect all international copies of the CD being shipped through customs, especially album purchases made online.
"The Australian Government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of biosecurity concern," the spokesperson said. "This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage."
According to news.com.au, if an international version of the album is found, a DA biosecurity officer will inspect the album to examine the level of risk.
"Our biosecurity officers at international airports, seaports and mail centres 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," the spokesperson said.
The news site reports that the U.S. version of the album is available on eBay for less than $19 including shipping, while the Australian version costs $24.99.