Katy Perry's new album labelled a “bio-hazard”
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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:15




Katy Perry's new album Prism has been released wrapped in paper which is infused with seeds which can be planted and will produce flowers in the spring. In Australia, where the import of seeds is restricted, the album has special packaging with Australian flowers. However, international shipments of the album have been quarantined as a bio-hazard. 

Australia is known for its special and fragile biodiversity and as such they have very strict criteria on what flora and fauna may be allowed into the country. As “plant material” the album therefore must be checked as it enters the country if it has been purchased online from an international store.

While the album can be purchased within Australia with harmless Swan River daisy seeds, international purchasers will need to wait for their copy to get through quarantine before they can listen to the music. Or they could simply purchase a download and listen to it with no packaging at all and save on postage. Surely a more earth friendly option.