The Gujarati community makes up a dynamic and increasingly successful sector
of the British population.
Immigrants from New Common wealth
Dear Mr Rabheru,
We appreciate this may not address all your concerns at this stage, but thought it was appropriate to provide you with the information we have at the moment.
We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness.
This issue has only just come to light, and the Bank did not know about it when the contract was signed.
Information recently provided by our supplier, Innovia, and its supply chain shows that an extremely small amount of tallow is used in an early stage of the production process of polymer pellets, which are then used to create the base substrate for the five pound note.
Innovia is now working intensively with its supply chain and will keep the Bank informed on progress towards potential solutions.
Public Enquiries Group
Bank of England|Threadneedle St|London EC2R 8AH|+44 (0)20 7601 4878
Governor - Bank of England
London EC2R 8AH
30th November 2016
By Post & Email
Dear Mr Carney
Re: New £5 Notes containing Animal Fat
As President of the National Congress of Gujarati Organisations UK I make a strong protest on behalf of 900,000 plus members for usage of Animal Fat in the production of £5.00 New Notes.
We are informed that new £5 Note Contains Traces Of Animal Fat, Tallow, which is a form of beef or mutton fat For Hindus any form of Animal Fat usage is forbidden and against their belief. The usage of Animal fat has offended the Hindu Community, our members are from Hindu Community, Vegetarians and Vegans.
We urge you to stop immediate the usage of Animal Fat to print any Notes forthwith and withdraw the contaminated note as a matter of urgency and notify the Public by Press Release on the TV, Radio, Ethnic Media and Press.
We live in multi-faith country which demands respect for every Religion and Culture. Bank’s failure to show concerns of the Hindu Community, Vegetarians and Vegans is a shameful and divisive action. We believe this was not a deliberate action yet there has been a failure on your part not to have considered the concerns of the Hindus and Vegetarians.
We await your kind response and action you propose to take so that we can assure our Members that Bank of England will stop using Animal Fat forthwith and plans to withdraw offending £5.00 notes.
C J Rabheru