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British bank notes fall foul of vegetarians

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>> It was designed to make counterfeiting harder. But Britain's new plastic five pound note hasn't been welcomed by everyone. It's got traces of tallow, a substance using candles and soap that contains animal fats. That discovery has upset some vegetarians, vegans and religious groups. More than a 116.000 people have now signed a petition calling for the contents of the notes to be changed, and the bank of England says its supplier Henovia is now working on potential solutions.
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>> Mark Carney does put the image across of being a festival goer, someone that might be more considerate of these kind of things than maybe perhaps his predecessors. More of a new age Governor of the Bank of England, if you like. And if he is to live up to that image, then I think these sort of things, they should've been considered beforehand.
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>> The new note was only introduced in September when the BOE says it had no idea it contained any controversial ingredients. A new plastic ten pound note is due out next year, featuring the Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen. Every effort will no doubt be made to make sure it's meat free.