Washington State is known for its apples – but Governor Jay Inslee didn’t seem to be making the popular fruit that public relations favors last week.
The Democrat, in order to comfort the communities in east Washington destroyed by the recent forest fires, unwittingly and illegally gifted baskets of apples from his orchard in Olympia, which were later reported to have been infested with apple maggot larvae.
Thurston County, where Inslee lives, is an apple maggot quarantine area. According to Q13 FOX in Seattle, it was illegal for Inslee to move native apples from that area to an unquarantined area like Douglas County.
The governor issued a statement expressing his regret.
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A basket of apples that the governor gave a retirement home in Omak, Washington, later tested positive for apple maggot larvae, so officials desperately tried to find the basket he had left in a church in Omak, Washington, but no one knows where he is went according to the station.
Douglas County, west of Spokane, is currently pest free and could be infected by the bad apples.
“Apple maggots are an incredibly serious pest and if we cannot find the infected apples and mitigate the effects immediately, it could have serious consequences for Douglas County’s orchardists,” Douglas County officials wrote on Facebook. “Douglas County’s orchardists, regulators and processors have worked tirelessly to keep our area apple maggot free. This event could have serious consequences for the area. It is of the utmost importance that these apples are disposed of immediately and safely.”
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Officials said they had reason to believe the apples may have been mixed with others that were not contaminated, according to Q13.
With apple orchards all over town, some in Bridgeport called the governor’s gift – contaminated or not – a “slap in the face,” according to Seattle KUOW-TV.
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“Some people live in tents; some people with relatives, ”said a 45-year-old resident of the destroyed city. “The biggest challenge is rebuilding, you know. There are people who ask for money, which many people here don’t have. “