A HUGE chunk of what is believed to be palm oil – which has proven fatal to dogs when eaten – has been found on a Cornish beach.
The rancid palm oil, which was round 2.5ft x 1.5ft in size, was found on Vault Beach, near Mevagissey.
And local residents say they are unhappy after reporting the find days ago – only for authorities to ignore the problem.
Desmond Hawkin said it was reported to the coastguard at 10.40am on Tuesday, who said they handed over the matter to Cornwall Council.
However, the suspected lump of palm oil, a substance which has killed several dogs in Cornwall this hear, is still wedged in the sand at the beach days later.
Mr Hawkin said: “Sarah Saw the item first on Tuesday in the sea at Vault Beach, on Wednesday it was washed up on the beach.
“My dogs were very interested, though no tasting as far as I could see.
“When I scratched it with my fingernail it seemed greasy and so I wondered if it might be palm oil and since the authorities are interested in finding the source I thought I ought to report it.”
Yesterday when they checked to see if it had been removed the lump was still sitting on the beach.
Mr Hawken said: “As you know at the top in the car park there is a handwritten note from the National Trust warning it might be palm oil and to be careful with dogs.
“They say they are going to remove it - why has Cornwall Council not done anything about it?
“It seems they have little interest and have given the responsibility to the National Trust who clearly is not bothered either.”