Vegetarian and vegan communities in the UK are in tumult over the revelation that the new plastic polymer £5 note contains animal fat in the form of tallow.
Tallow is a substance made of animal fat derived from beef or mutton (or even pork) which was traditionally used as the base for soaps and candles.
A petition gathering more than 100,000 signatures had demanded the Bank of England to “cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use”.
The Bank confirmed the use of tallow in the base substrate of the fiver in a Twitter conversation: Read more…
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