Dass man Katy Perry und Biohazard nochmal in einer gemeinsamen Headline unterbringt, hätte ich ja auch im Leben nicht gedacht, aber: Das neue Album der Dame kommt mit Pflanzensamen und da Australien ob ihres autarken Ökosystems da sehr strenge Auflagen hat, wurde ihr Album – zumindest in der Import-Version – offiziell zu einer potentiellen biologischen Gefahr deklariert. Nice!
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.
"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."