A warning has been issued after a ‘massive’ lump of suspected palm oil was found in Westgate.
The substance is under the bridge by Millies cafe at St Mildred’s Bay. There are also broken pieces on the beach.
District councillor and Westgate business owner Ash Ashbee has reported the find to the council. She said: “I have put a call in to the office but I am not sure how quickly it will be removed and there are a lot of people and dog-walkers around today.”
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.