Dog walkers warned about material washing up on Guernsey sea shore

November 1st, 2013 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

substance that appears similar to the palm oil found on Cornish beaches last week (click image to expand - image courtesy of States of Guernsey Environment Department)

The substance on the shore in Saints Bay appears similar to the palm oil found on Cornish beaches last week which killed a dog (click image to expand – image courtesy of States of Guernsey Environment Department)

The States of Guernsey Environment Department is warning dog owners to keep pets away from any white substance they may find on Guernsey beaches.

A white waxy substance in a hard lump was found in Saints Bay on the morning of 31 October 2013 and removed by the Environment Department for analysis.

This follows reports in Cornwall where a dog died after eating a white substance on a beach which was later identified as a degraded edible oil or fat, most likely palm oil.

Several more dogs were treated by vets after being taken ill after eating it. While not harmful to human health the palm oil could be dangerous to dogs as it has gone rancid.

The lumps of degraded palm oil were washed up on many Cornish beaches one week ago.

The substance was also reported at Ouaisne Bay in Jersey a few days ago.

The white substance collected from Saints Bay on Guernsey’s south coast on the morning of 31 October 2013 did not have a strong smell but its appearance indicates it is a degraded fat or oil.

The States of Guernsey Environment Department has instructed States Works to remove any substance of this description which may be found on beaches.

The public is advised not to remove the palm oil but anyone who has picked any up should double wrap it in plastic and dispose of it with their normal refuse.

The Environment Department and States Works will monitor beaches but anyone finding white deposits is asked to report it to the Environment Services Unit by telephoning: 717200 during office hours or by email to: [email protected]

 

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