Reckitt Benckiser takes blame for thousands of pink bottles washing up in Cornwall

Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Vanish stain remover, has said that it is ‘deeply concerned’ at the appearance of thousands of unlabelled, pink plastic bottles on the beaches of Cornwall.

The bottles have been appearing on Poldhu Cove, Polurrian Cove and Gunwalloe Fishing Cove since Monday (4 January) and have also arrived in Porthleven’s outer harbour with thousands more still expected to come to shore.

On the Surfers Against Sewage Facebook page the environmental pressure group posted a statement it said it had received from Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the company behind the product, which stated that following an investigation it can confirm the bottles do contain the stain remover.

The firm also stated that the household cleaning product was among other containers that were reported missing from the DS Blue Ocean.

Reckitt Benckiser says it is providing all the agencies involved in the clean-up with logistical and financial support.

Surfers Against Sewage posted that it predicts “pink patches staining beaches, coves and rocks pools, spreading north and east, driven by south-westerly winds. Far beyond Poldhu Cove.”

It added bottles were washing up as far as Bude on Cornwall’s north coast.

Jeffrey S. Overstreet

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