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Dog walkers urged to steer clear as toxic palm oil washes up on beaches

Dog owners are being warned to avoid toxic lumps of palm oil that are being washed up on beaches in South Devon.

Large packages of the glue-like substance have been spotted on the coastline between Plymouth and the South Hams.

The team quickly located the package which is believed to be palm oil.

This is extremely dangerous to dogs and we urge the public to keep clear. The package has been covered and marked with Coastguard tape to await disposal by a chemical disposal unit.

– Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team
The lump washed up on Beesands beach Credit: Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team

One spotting on Beesands beach prompted an emergency call out by the coastguard. A chemical disposal unit was then alerted to safely remove it.

The lump was covered by the chemical disposal unit while it awaits removal Credit: Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team

The substance contains high levels of toxins and becomes glue-like when eaten, leading to often fatal consequences.

People are now being warned to watch out for other packages along the coastline as it is likely it could be part of a bigger batch being carried across the oceans.

Palm Oil is highly toxic to dogs Credit: Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team

Anyone who spots an unusual package on or near the shore is urged to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.