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Warnings after palm oil found on beach

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

Palm oil is reportedly washing ashore again...

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DOG-owners in west Cornwall are being warned to be on the alert after new reports of palm oil – blamed for the death of a family pet in November – being washed ashore on St Ives and Hayle beaches.

The waxy, white solid substance started to appear on our shores before Christmas and was linked to the poisoning of Zanzi, a miniature schnauzer that died within days of eating the substance on Long Rock beach.

After eating the substance the three-year-old was rushed to Mount's Bay Veterinary Centre but an emergency operation to remove the glue-like blockage in his insides could not save him.

The substance was identified by Public Health England as palm oil, which is thought to have turned rancid.

It was located on beaches in Penzance, Praa Sands and Porthcurno more than two weeks ago, forcing the council to put up warning signs.

Penzance vets were inundated with calls and saw several cases of dogs taken ill after eating the rancid oil.

Now St Ives police have issued a new warning saying the substance has been reported again in St Ives and Hayle.

The warning to dog-owners on their Facebook page on Sunday read: "A possible harmful substance to dogs has been found washed up on a St Ives beach.

"Although harmless to humans can cause nasty side-effects in dogs if eaten. The Environment Agency is aware. Please keep an eye on your pets over the coming weeks when on the local beaches and keep them safe.

"Hopefully this is just a one-off following the recent bad weather; forewarned is forearmed."

And on Monday Hayle Veterinary Surgery ran its own warning on Facebook.

Falmouth coastguard said they were not aware of any incidents involving palm oil.

See Scilly news, page 18.

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  • Fact_Check  |  May 02 2014, 10:33AM

    Please remember that palm oil has numerous health benefits that are part of a balanced diet and normally not harmful to pets.  Like any other natural food product, palm oil can go rancid over time.  If we monitor intake, health can be assured for everyone, pets and humans alike. Science Fact Check twitter.com/check_fact