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Bank of England says will not change animal-fat banknotes

130,000 people signed an online petition last year calling on BoE to stop using animal products

Reuters  |  London 

The Bank of England said on Thursday it would not change the way its new plastic banknotes are made, despite concerns among some vegetarians and religious groups about trace amounts of animal fat used in their production. The BoE said the only alternative for its polymer banknotes was to use more expensive chemicals derived from palm oil, and that its suppliers were unable to commit to using only palm oil produced in the most environmentally friendly way. More than 130,000 people signed an online petition last year calling on the BoE to stop using animal products in banknotes, ...

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First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 16:29 IST
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