Dog walkers warned after palm oil found on Sussex beach

Palm oil found washed up on Seaford beach last year (2016) SUS-160504-222750008
Palm oil found washed up on Seaford beach last year (2016) SUS-160504-222750008

Dog walkers are being warned to be on the look out after a palm oil-like substance was found washed up on a Sussex beach this morning (Tuesday).

Palm oil – a whitish, waxy substance that smells like diesel – is often washed up by the tide and can make dogs sick if ingested and in extreme cases can prove fatal.

In a statement posted online today, a Newhaven Coastguard spokesman said: “We are seeing reports this morning of a substance which may be Palm Oil (or similar) on the beach in the Rottingdean and Saltdean areas.

“Any sightings should be reported to your local Council Environmental Health Officer.”

Dog owners are advised to keep their animals on a lead and make sure they keep well away from any deposits of the substance that wash up on beach in order to avoid this risk.

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