Officials in Australia have quarantined imported versions of the pop singer’s latest album due to seed paper packaging. Like numerous consumer products, the paper packaging included with the deluxe version of “Prism” is embedded with wildflower seeds or “seed prisms”, which allows fans, in Perry’s words “to spread the light” by planting it in the earth instead of chucking it in the trash. The seed paper itself has been deemed as a full-on “bio-security concern” by officials given that it could potentially wreak havoc on Australia’s delicate ecosystems which are extremely sensitive to the introduction of invasive species.
An official for the customs department elaborates: “Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of bio-security concern. Our bio-security officers at international airports, seaports and mail centers assess the risks associated with various items every day and are well-trained in making informed decisions about whether items could be of bio-security concern.”