Australian Department of Agriculture has announced that every copy of Katy Perry’s latest album ‘Prism’ which comes into the country will have to be examined by bio-security officers. Perry is giving away small packets of seeds along with the album copy, which the intention for fans to plant them.
Copies of ‘Prism’ which are bought within Australia have locally-sourced seeds and have been approved by the department. However, editions which are being shipped in from the United States and other countries will have difficulties in fulfilling the notoriously strict custom laws in Australia. A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture said, ‘The Australian government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of bio-security concern’.
The spokesperson went on to say that this involves the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage. The seeds come along with the deluxe version of the album ‘Prism’ which is currently at number one in Australia’s Aria chart. The spokesperson also said that the seeds or any other plant material of international origin might be a weed which is not present in Australia.
The bio-security officers at international airports, seaports and mail centers in the country estimate the risk associated with various items every day.
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