Malden apples test positive for maggot larvae
Whitman County official confirms contamination
September 17, 2020
MALDEN – The Honeycrisp apples Gov. Jay Inslee brought to Babb Fire victims here were infested with maggot larvae.
Whitman County Washington State University Extension Agent Stephen Van Vleet confirmed the infestation this morning, Friday, Sept. 18, following testing.
"I picked them up on Wednesday evening," he said. "We photographed and secured them. And yes, they are infested."
The governor presented the apples locally Sept. 10 as the state's "first installment" on support to victims of the Babb Fire, which destroyed 121 homes in the Malden-Pine City area.
"They were pretty poor apples,...