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Yes, meat products are probably in our money

The Bank of Canada has confirmed that the notes in your pocket contain animal fat, to be exact.

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Vegans, you might want to start using your debit cards more.

The CBC has confirmed that Canadian banks notes probably contain just a little bit of meat.

It’s animal fat, to be exact. The Bank of Canada told the national broadcaster in an email: “Our supplier of polymer substrate, Innovia Security, has confirmed that its polymer substrate used as a base for bank notes contains additives that may be produced from tallow."

The email was posted to the Twitter account of As It Happens, a CBC radio program.

The tallow, a hard fatty substance made from rendered animal fat, helps with “the polymer manufacturing process, similar to many commercially available plastics materials. These additives would represent substantially less than 1% of the total weight of the substance.”

The news comes days after vegetarian and vegan outcry following the revelation that new polymer-based British £5 bills contain tallow.

Plastic bills, which are harder to counterfeit and destroy than their cotton and linen-based cousins, have become the norm in countries like Australia, Vietnam and New Zealand.