The chief agriculture inspector for the Washington state counties of Chelan and Douglas is investigating a supply of apples, brought to central Washington, found to contain apple maggots.
Will Carpenter, director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and Disease Board, has asked the public for help tracking down apples brought in from Thurston County.
According to ncwlife.com¸ the Washington apple maggot quarantine zone includes Thurston County, where the state capital Olympia is located. Transport of fruit harvested within that zone into a non-quarantine area violates state Department of Agriculture rules.
In a press statement, Inslee said: “Last week Trudi and I wanted to express comfort for the communities suffering from devastating fires. When I visited some of these areas, I took some apples we picked from our tree in Olympia. We regret this mistake. This is a good reminder of the importance of awareness around apple quarantine.”
The Washington State Department of Agriculture is working to recover the apples, Inslee said, “and we are assisting to help make that happen.”