New £10 notes will be issued containing animal fat, the Bank of England confirmed
It has promised to introduce more of the indestructible currency despite concerns that it contains animal fat.
Fury erupted among vegetarians and vegans after it emerged tallow was used to make the notes, with 134,000 signing a petition against its use.
The Bank said an “extremely small amount” was used but destroying, reprinting or delaying September’s issue of the £10 note would be costly and harm anti-fraud measures.
However, it held off signing supply contracts for the £20 polymer note, due for release in 2020, to consider plant-based substitutes.
Vegetarian, vegan and religious groups were angered by revelation about the new notes
It will make a final decision on £20 notes, and future £5 and £10 notes, by summer.
They are forcing people… to use something that’s against their beliefs
Petition author Doug Maw
The Bank said it would have incurred major costs if it decided to destroy and reprint existing notes.
It has already spent £24million printing 275million £10 notes as well as £46million printing £5 notes.
A decision will be made on £20 and future £5 and £10 notes by summer
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A report said: “The Bank works hard to ensure that the public has enough secure notes to use in daily life and destroying the hundreds of millions of notes already printed would put this at risk.”
Petition author Doug Maw, of Keswick, Cumbria, said he would bring a case against the Bank, adding: “They are forcing people who have religious and ethical objections to use something that’s against their beliefs.”