Warning issued over suspected palm oil on Thanet beaches

Palm oil warning

A warning has been issued by Thanet council following reports of suspected palm oil at Westbrook and Minnis Bay.

The council was alerted following discovery of the deposits this week.

A council statement says: “Following sightings of suspected palm oil deposits on Thanet’s beaches we are alerting people to its potential dangers. Dog walkers, please be extra cautious – it can be toxic to animals if eaten. We will continue to investigate and clear where possible.”

Palm oil deposits, which are white lumpy substances, have been occurring more frequently following winter storms over the last couple of years, and may be better described as ‘mineral and vegetable oils’ – as palm oil is only one type.

Palm Oil is toxic to dogs. The yellow/white boulders of congealed oil smell similar to diesel. The high toxin count of the oil leads to vomiting and diarrhoea and can be fatal.

If you believe your dog has been in contact with the substance and are concerned about their health, contact your vet as soon as possible.

If anyone comes across what they suspect to be palm oil or any other harmful substance, please contact the council with as much information as possible – location, photo, size/quantity, and if it has been removed from the beach.

Any sightings should be reported to the council on 01843 577000.