Update 

Bank of England update - decision on polymer notes 

10 August 2017

Towards the end of last year, the Bank of England hit the headlines when it emerged that the new plastic £5 note contained the animal fat, tallow. We visited the Bank of England in January to discuss the issues raised by some vegetarians regarding tallow in the £5 notes. Today the Bank of England announced that it will be continuing to use the banknotes and there will be no change to the polymer. 

The Bank of England announced that: 

"The Bank is today, Thursday 10 August, announcing that after careful and serious consideration and extensive public consultation there will be no change to the composition of polymer used for future banknotes. The new polymer £20 note and future print runs of £5 and £10 notes will continue to be made from polymer manufactured using trace amounts of chemicals, typically less than 0.05%, ultimately derived from animal products." 

Lance Bell, Head of  Campaigns and Engagement at the Vegetarian Society, said, “The Bank of England informed us of their decision earlier today, we are now gathering the views of those members and supporters who have an interest in the outcome of this issue, and will feed these back to the Bank of England in due course."

We appreciate that some vegetarians will have views on this outcome and would welcome your feedback via this short survey.

The Bank of England's full statement can be found on the Bank’s website here.

For past news stories on this item visit :
•    Animal tallow in new £5 notes – 30 November 2016 
•    What should happen about the current five pound note?  - 2 December 2016

 

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