Lewes District Council is urging dog owners to keep their pets away from white, waxy substances found on the beach.
The council has been made aware that deposits of solid palm oil, a whitish, waxy substance that smells like diesel, is being washed up by the tide. It has been found at Seaford Beach but could wash up on other parts of the coast.
Dog owners should keep their animals on a lead and make sure they keep well away from any deposits of palm oil that have been washed up on beach areas. It can make dogs sick if ingested and in extreme cases can prove fatal.
Lewes District Council is urging people who find palm oil on beach areas to call 01273 471 600.
Staff have already spotted and collected deposits that have been washed up by the recent high tides. There are signs in place to inform people on the beach.
Environmental Health Officers confirm that palm oil does not pose a threat to human health.
Palm oil has a wide variety of uses and is found in food, soaps and shampoos, and biofuels. The source has yet to be identified.
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