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State officials warn residents about shipping Minnesota apples

People wanting to ship Honeycrisps or SweeTangoes to friends and relatives in some western states will have to get through fruit-sniffing dogs first. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture warns people that California and four other states have quarantines that prohibit fruit without proper certification. Inspectors and trained dogs are in place to keep the fruit out to prevent infestations of bugs or plant diseases.
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People wanting to ship Honeycrisps or SweeTangoes to friends and relatives in some western states will have to get through fruit-sniffing dogs first. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture warns people that California and four other states have quarantines that prohibit fruit without proper certification. Inspectors and trained dogs are in place to keep the fruit out to prevent infestations of bugs or plant diseases.

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