The Bank of England says it is working on ‘potential solutions’ after it emerged the new £5 notes contain animal fat.
When the news broke, it caused outrage for millions of people who avoid animal products in the UK.
The polymer used to make the plastic notes contains tallow, a derivative from animal fat, usually beef.
Vegetarians and vegans were left disgusted by the revelations about the note, that has been in circulation for three months.
It was also problematic for religious groups such as Hindus who see cows as sacred and avoid beef, even if they eat some animal products.
A petition was launched calling on the production of the plastic fivers to be stopped – and it has quickly gained more than 100,000 signatures.
Tonight the bank said it was working with its supplier to try and find a solution.
‘We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new £5 note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness,’ a spokesman said in a statement.
‘This issue has only just come to light, and the Bank did not know about it when the contract was signed.
‘[Our supplier] Innovia is now working intensively with its supply chain and will keep the Bank informed on progress towards potential solutions,’ they added.
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