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White Substance Washes Back Onto Cornish Beaches

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2:12pm 28th January 2014


White waxy lumps which could be potentially deadly to dogs are washing back up on Cornish beaches.

What is thought to be rancid palm oil has been spotted on the north coast from Sennen to Porth.

Now this also happened a few months ago.

Two dogs died from eating it and others were ill.

Wadebridge vet Lizzie Whiting told Pirate FM: "It's a case of being observant and trying to keep them away from things they shouldn't be eating. If they do eat it generally it will cause a mild gastro-intestinal  upset. If they have underlying issues then it could be more serious.

"As far as we're aware it's not a deadly poison, but, if your dog's eaten something it shouldn't have done then bring it to the vets. We would far rather see it sooner rather than later."

Cornwall Council says it is putting up signs at beaches in the affected areas to inform beach users of the situation and is providing signage to private beach owners

Cornwall Council has advised that if, as appears to be the case, this is the same substance that has washed up in the past, and people should keep away from it .

If we do come into contact with it we are advised to wash it off using normal soap or shower gel and water and wash your clothes.

David Owens, Cornwall Council Assistant Head of Environments said:  "Once again we are especially advising dog owners to be vigilant.  Please keep your dog on a lead as there have been reports in the past that the substance could be dangerous for dogs if they eat a large amount of it.  Our contractors Cory are removing the substance from Cornwall Council owned beaches which have been affected and will be providing advice to the owners of private beaches on how to dispose of the substance."

Both the Council and Cory are continuing to monitor beaches in Cornwall for further deposits of the substance but anyone who sees deposits of it is asked to report it to the Council's customer contact centre on 0300 1234 141 during office hours.

2:12pm 28th January 2014

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