The public are being warned to avoid a mystery, waxy substance that has appeared on some Cornish beaches. It is particularly hazardous to dogs. Samples have been sent for tests and the Council is organising a clean-up.
People are being warned to stay away from a waxy substance that's washed up on beaches in West Cornwall.
Public health officials believe it is a type of vegetable fat.
It's been found on eleven beaches including Praa Sands and Prussia Cove.
Signs are being put up warning people of the possible dangers and they're also being told not to swim or surf in water where it is present. Dr Mark Kealy is from the Health Protection Agency, South West.
If you do come into contact with the substance, please wash it off using normal soap or shower gel and water and wash your clothes. If you’re concerned that the substance may be making you unwell or you have related health concerns, please contact your GP or out of hours GP service. We are aware of reports of the substance having an effect on dogs, who may have licked or tried to eat it. We’d advise all dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead when walking them on these affected beaches.
Public Health England is warning people to avoid a white, waxy substance that has appeared on some Cornish beaches. The affected beaches include Praa Sands, Porthcurno and Penzance. Samples have been sent away for testing and the Council is organising a clean-up.