The state of Washington is known for its apples – but the government of Jay Inslee did not show up to make the popular fruit any PR favor last week.
The Democrat in an attempt to bring comfort to communities in eastern Washington that were devastated by recent forest fires, unknowingly and illegally gifted baskets of apples from his orchard in Olympia, which was later found to be infected with apple-food larvae, according to reports.
Thurston County, where Inslee lives, is an apple food quarantine area – meaning it was illegal for Inslee to bring homemade apples from that area to a non-quarantine area like Douglas County, according to Q13 FOX in Seattle.
The governor expressed his regret in a statement.
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A basket of apples that the governor gave to a nursing home in Omak, Wash., Later tested positive for apple-food larvae, so officials desperately tried to find the basket he left in a church in Omak, Wash., But no one knows where it is went according to the station.
Douglas County, west of Spokane, is currently pest-free and can be infected by the bad apples.
“Apple Maggots are an incredibly serious pest and could have serious consequences for Douglas County orchards if we are unable to locate the infected apples and mitigate the effects immediately,” Douglas County officials wrote on Facebook. “Orchardists, regulators and processors in Douglas County have worked tirelessly to ensure that our area remains free of apple maggots, and this event could have serious consequences for the region. It is extremely important that these apples are safely disposed of immediately. “
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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 – polluted or not – a “slap in the face”, according to Seattle’s KUOW TV.
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“Some people live in tents; some people with relatives, ”said a 45-year-old resident of the devastated city. “The most challenging thing is to build back, you know. There are people asking for money that many do not have here. ”