New £5 note: Bank to keep note despite animal fat content

New £5 note: Bank to keep note despite animal fat content

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The new £5 note will not be withdrawn, despite concerns that it contains traces of animal fat, the Bank of England says.

The Bank said it had concluded it would be “appropriate” to keep the £5 polymer note in circulation.

It will also issue the £10 polymer note as planned in September, it added.

Vegans and some religious groups had voiced concerns, as the note contains a small amount of tallow, which is derived from animal waste products.

‘Utmost seriousness’

A petition to ban the note attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

The Bank said it treated “the concerns raised by members of the public with the utmost seriousness”.

It added that it looked carefully at possible alternatives for the current £5 note and the Jane Austen £10 polymer note.

However, the central bank also emphasised that “an extremely small amount of tallow” was used at an early stage of producing the polymer pellets, which are then used to create the £5 note.

The Bank is still working with its polymer supplier to “determine what alternatives might be available”.


The petition against the £5 note, hosted on the website, stated that tallow was “unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK”.

A number of Sikh and Hindus have also called for the notes to be banned from temples, where meat products are forbidden.

Hindus believe cows are holy and sacred, and many do not wear shoes or carry bags made from the skin of cattle that has been slaughtered. Practising Sikhs are strict vegetarians.

Source: BBC – UK News

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