Warning after palm oil toxic to dogs spotted on north Norfolk beach
PUBLISHED: 16:56 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 03 October 2018
UPDATE: The National Trust has now confirmed the deposits were peat and "nothing to worry about". Read an update to this story here.
Dog owners have been warned about deposits of palm oil which have been washed up on the beach at Brancaster in north Norfolk. The National Trust has reported the substance, which is poisonous to dogs, has been spotted on the beach.
Palm oil deposits were found on several north Norfolk beaches earlier this year, and left some dogs critically ill.
The Norfolk Coast National Trust said on social media: “We have had reports of potential palm oil deposits washing up on Brancaster Beach. We are currently investigating but dog owners please be aware and do not allow your dog to pick up and eat anything off the beach. We will update later.”
One dog called Jake, a Jack Russell mix, contracted pancreatitis having consumed an amount of palm oil which had washed up during sea storms.
He and his owner had recently visited Sea Palling and Cromer beaches.
At the time, Dr Andrew Turner, from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science said: “Simple precautions should be followed to ensure that pets and people do not eat anything they find on the beach.”
This may include keeping a closer eye on dogs on the beach, or muzzling those who may try to eat washed up fish.