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Bank of England meets Hindu Council members over beef tallow in 5 pound note

London, Feb 19: The Bank of England invited members of the Hindu Council UK for a meeting over concerns that the new 5 pound polymer currency note contains traces of beef tallow — an issue that has led to anger among vegans, Hindus, Sikhs and other communities in Britain. The Hindu Council UK representatives – Chairman Umesh C. Sharma JP, Director of Interfaith Relations, Anil Bhanot OBE and Director of Hindu Temple Engagement, Arun Thakur were persolly invited to a meeting with The Chief Cashier of the Bank of England-Victoria Cleland at its headquarters in Threadneedle Street on February 8. In late November 2016, the Bank of England announced that it had been informed that small traces of animal-derived products were used by a supplier in the manufacture of the new polymer pound 5 notes. (IANS)