DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. — Washington Governor Jay Inslee gave apples to the town of Malden and a retirement home in Omak that were unknowing infested with apple maggot larvae, according to a Facebook post from Douglas County officials.
Inslee visited the areas following devastating wildfires in both areas. The governor released a statement Wednesday regarding the incident.
“Last week Trudi and I wanted to express comfort for the communities suffering from devastating fires,” Inslee said in the statement. “When I visited some of these areas, I took some apples we picked from our tree in Olympia. We regret this mistake. This a good reminder of the importance of awareness around apple quarantine. We appreciate the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s efforts to help recover these apples and we are assisting to help make that happen.”
The post says the Honeycrisp apples were grown at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. County officials wrote Thurston County is an apple maggot quarantine area.