Warning to dog owners after palm oil washes up on Sussex shores

Palm oil washed up on the beach in Seaford. Photo by Karen Hardy SUS-160504-105515001
Palm oil washed up on the beach in Seaford. Photo by Karen Hardy SUS-160504-105515001
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Dog walkers are being urged to avoid beaches across Sussex today (Tuesday, April 5) after a large amount of palm oil washed up on the shore.

The white or yellow waxy substance, which can be fatal for dogs if ingested, has been spotted strewn across the coastline from Martello Tower and Splash Point in Seaford, along to Newhaven, Shoreham and Worthing.

Palm oil washed up on the beach in Seaford. Photo by Karen Hardy. SUS-160504-105502001

Palm oil washed up on the beach in Seaford. Photo by Karen Hardy. SUS-160504-105502001

Adur and Worthing Council took to Twitter to say its cleansing and foreshores team are continually monitoring the situation but “strongly advised dog walkers and beach users to keep away from the substance while it’s being identified”.

Newhaven Coastguard also posted on Facebook warning residents of the potential danger but added all relevant authorities have been notified.

Seaford Town Councillor Phil Boorman said: “We would advise and encourage all dog walkers to avoid the beach area at this present time.

“Authorities will be clearing it up as quickly as possible.”

Palm oil washed up on the beach in Seaford. Photo by Karen Hardy SUS-160504-105526001

Palm oil washed up on the beach in Seaford. Photo by Karen Hardy SUS-160504-105526001

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