Skip to comments.Confused about the Pepsi/fetal cell issue? Here are the facts (2012 flashback)
Posted on 07/29/2015 10:10:41 PM PDT by Nachum
I have received a few requests from pro-lifers like Vicki:
Can you provide some clarity to the Pepsi/cells from aborted babies controversy. I cannot sort out whether this is valid or not.
Yes and No
Bottom line: There are no aborted embryonic or fetal cells in any of PepsiCos final products.
But: Aborted cells are used in the development of artificial flavor enhancers by biotech company Senomyx, with which PepsiCo signed a four-year, $30 million agreement in 2010 for research and development. No Pepsi products containing Senonymx flavor enhancers should be expected until 2013.
Senomyxs disputed cell line is HEK-293, derived from the kidney cells of an aborted baby. We could go into the weeds at this point, but Wikipedia offers an easy explanation:
Senomyx develops patented flavor enhancers by using proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems. These receptors are made from HEK293. HEK stands for Human Embryonic Kidney cells. These cells, which were cloned, originally came from healthy, electively aborted human embryos. Using information from the human genome sequence, Senomyx has identified hundreds of taste receptors and currently owns 113 patents on their discoveries.
A little more on those taste receptors from cogforlife.org, which originally made the connection between PepsiCo, Senomyx, and aborted cells:
These taste receptors produce a chemical signal that lets Senomyx researchers know they have achieved the exact flavor they are trying to develop.
Snopes concurs sort of
Snopes, in a post last updated on March 18, basically comes to a similar conclusion as the aforementioned, calling the claim that Pepsi uses material from aborted fetuses in its products a mixture of false and undetermined.
Snopes states it is false to claim Pepsi products contain aborted baby cells, but it is undetermined whether Senomyx uses aborted cells in R&D, basically because Senonymx wont answer the question.
But Snopes goes into great detail, citing articles by CBS News, Forbes, and Miami New Times, to corroborate that Senomyx indeed does. There is actually no question on that point, so Snopes should change undetermined to true.
Plot thickens with help by Obama administration
LifeSiteNews.com reported on March 5 that shareholders shall remain in the dark, thanks to the SEC:
In a decision delivered Feb 28th, President Obamas Security and Exchange Commission ruled that PepsiCos use of cells derived from aborted fetal remains in their research and development agreement with Senomyx to produce flavor enhancers falls under ordinary business operations.
The letter signed by Attorney Brian Pitko of the SEC Office of Chief Counsel was sent in response to a 36-page document submitted by PepsiCo attorneys in January, 2012.
In that filing, PepsiCo pleaded with the SEC to reject the Shareholders Resolution filed in October 2011 that the company adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.
Senomyx has since removed the list of all its partners, but cogforlife.org got a screenshot. Those include Kraft and Nestle, future boycott targets according to c4l.
But the boycott starts with Pepsi. From Brad Mattes of Life Issues Institute:
PepsiCo will continue their efforts to keep the controversy quiet, but the pro-life communitys boycott of Pepsi products and exposing the outrage isnt going to lose its fizz anytime soon.
Heres what I need you to do. BOYCOTT Pepsi products. Click here for the link that will tell you what they are.
Contact PepsiCo directly by clicking here. Tell them why youre boycotting their products
Let others know by leaving a comment on the companys Facebook page. Post comments on your own Facebook and Twitter pages.
The only way to stop this atrocity is if you and I make enough noise. Together, we must put PepsiCo under the spotlight and expose their willingness to make money off the bodies of aborted babies.
No more Pepsi for me..........how horrible....
So when the label lists “Natural Flavors” . . . . Are they derived by unnatural means?
Maybe this is why Pepsi came out with a new logo ... in 2008?
why in T H E H E L L would companies even muck around with flavorings made with aborted fetuses?
Are there not enough natural ingredients, that don’t involve murder, around to test?
Why even have your company associated with such a company that uses fetuses? Did they think it would never be discovered?
If this is true, I am sure glad I do not drink Pepsi. Never have, never will. That is just nasty cannibalism. Please tell me Coca Cola isn’t using this same tech.
Yes, but look at the brands. Do you eat Quaker oats, Tostitos, Fritos, Cheetos, or drink Tropicana, Mountain Dew, or Aquafina? All PepsiCo, and even more.
“why in T H E H E L L would companies even muck around with flavorings made with aborted fetuses?”
From reading the article it seems that the human cells are only used to DETECT and measure the flavor agent during production. The cells are not used to make the agent and are not an ingredient in the final product.
Our household does not use Pepsi. We do use A & W Diet Root Beer. No doubt it is contaminated, too. Everything in this world is contaminated.
Come swiftly, Lord Jesus!
Ever since I heard that stuff a couple of years ago the thought of putting a Pepsi in my mouth is nauseating. In a hundred years from now I will never drink a Pepsi. LOL!
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