Media statement

 

Re: Animal tallow in new five pound notes

30 November 2016

We were recently alerted to the news that the Bank of England’s new £5 notes contain traces of tallow. 

Tallow is a form of animal fat. 

The story is reported here in the BBC 

On the 29 November we contacted the Bank of England. Our CEO Lynne Elliot put across the concerns of many vegetarians to the bank.  


Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive at the Vegetarian Society commented, “Many vegetarians and vegans will be very concerned about this issue. As soon as we realised there was a problem we contacted the Bank of England to offer our help and to explain people’s views. The Bank of England recognised that this is a concern for some people and are taking the issue seriously and have said that they have set up an investigation. We will be continuing to offer our help to the Bank of England and to monitor the situation. This is an ongoing issue and won’t be solved overnight.”


On the 30 November we completed interviews with a variety of media outlets and some are posted below 

 

The BBC then posted an update from the Bank of England: New fiver: Bank of England looking to make note meat-free

 

Notes to editors:

  • For interviews please contact the media office on 0161 925 2000 or email su@vegsoc.org 

 

 

 

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