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article imageIs Katy Perry’s new CD hazardous to Canadian fans?

By Gene Kosowan     Nov 9, 2013 in Entertainment
While critics may be tripping over themselves reporting on the toxicity of Katy Perry’s latest outing, the jury’s still out over any potential hazards the record may have on fans in Canada.
On Thursday, an import version of her third album, Prism, which contains artwork made from seed paper, was blocked by customs officials in Australia. However, the product hasn’t raised any red flags with the Canadian Border Services Agency.
“We follow the rules about what’s coming in,” said one official, who hasn’t come across any concerns about the import versions of Prism.
Perry has encouraged fans who purchase the special edition of her release to plant the seed paper once removed from the packaging. According to Digital Music News, what alarmed Australian customs officials was the potential for various plant species to breach the country’s stringent quarantine rules designed to protect its ecosystem.
“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,” said a customs officer.
The incident does not affect domestic editions of Prism, which became the top selling album worldwide when released in October. In Canada and the U.S., Prism dominated the charts until Canuck rockers Arcade Fire knocked Perry off her perch with their double-release Reflektor.
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