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Posted on 07/23/2011 7:09:05 PM PDT by johngrace
Company Using Aborted Fetal Cells in Flavors Shields Partners by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/15/11 10:13 AM
PrintEmail National 3796Share The company that was found to be testing their food additives using fetal cells from abortions is now working to hide the names of the corporations it contracts with as a pro-life boycott continues.
LifeNews.com reported on the controversy in March when information came to light showing biotech company Senomyx was found to be testing their food additives using fetal cells from a line based on cells from a baby victimized by abortion. Senomyx ignored a letter from the pro-life group Children of God for Life, which complained about its practices.
Now, the pro-life group informs Lifenews.com that Senomyx is attempting to hide the names of their corporate partners by removing them from their website.
Public backlash has apparently caused much consternation for the biomedical firm that has ignored consumer complaints and continues to use HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers, says Debi Vinnedge, executive director of CGL.
The move by Senomyx comes after PepsiCo, one of the biggest corporate partners, ignored pro-life criticism in a canned recent response to customer letters, saying, With respect to the flavor discovery research with Senomyx, we utilize techniques that have been the gold standard for several decades.
If this gold standard is no big deal, then why are they trying so hard to hide the truth? asked Vinnedge. PepsiCo and Senomyx have done everything in their power to trivialize what they are doing, when in fact what they are doing is only further damaging their public image.
Vinnedge says she wrote to all of the members of the board of directors of PepsiCo in late June noting their responsibility to protect shareholders interests and cautioned that further action would be taken if nothing is done. Since PepsiCo is funding the research and development and will pay royalties to Senomyx for product sales, the company has the ability to change the technology being utilized, but she indicates none of the board members have responded.
As we noted in our PepsiCo Board letter, consumers find it repulsive to associate aborted fetal kidney material with something they are about to drink, Vinnedge stated. We believe consumers have a right to know and choose other products.
In several previous communications, Children of God for Life has called on all Senomyx partners to either end their affiliation with Senomyx or persuade them to use morally obtained cell lines, several of which are listed as viable alternatives in their own patents. The group is asking the public to continue their boycott efforts and have produced a one page flyer that can be downloaded and distributed.
The boycott is working and if PepsiCo continues to ignore our requests, we will file a shareholder resolution, warned Vinnedge.
The companys key flavor programs focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients that are intended to allow for the reduction of MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products, the Senomyx web site says. Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.
Debi Vinnedge, of the pro-life group, explained, What they dont tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors. They could have easily chosen animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors.
After exposing the practice, Vinnedges group called for pro-life people to contact the companies using Senomyx to test their products. While some companies like Campbells stopped contracting with it, others did not.
There are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells, including animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells, she told LifeNews. The revelationa potential public relations nightmaremotivated Campbell Soup to sever all relations with Senomyx. However, PepsiCo continues their business relationship despite the abortion connection. Their response earlier this year drew public ire when they wrote that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers.
When pressed further, PepsiCo attempted to pacify angry consumers with a form letter response in which they insinuated they had been accused of conducting aborted fetal tissue research, she added. Their duplicity again drew public outrage.
Brad Mattes of the Life Issues Institute is another pro-life leader calling for a boycott.
While aborted fetal cells arent actually in the product itself, the close relationship is enough to repulse most consumers. To our knowledge, this is the first time a food product has been publicly associated with abortion, he said.
Senomyx boasts they have over 800,000 unique flavors for foods, Vinnedge says, but cells expressing certain proteins produce a chemical signal when the flavors are introduced, which determines if they have achieved the proper flavor. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself.
Pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all PepsiCo products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Campbell Soup and thank them for responding to pro-life concerns.
Pro-life groups joining Children of God for Life in the boycott to date are: American Life League, Life Issues Institute, Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO, Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. LifeNews.com has joined the boycott call as well.
ACTION: Contact these companies
Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP PepsiCo, Inc. 700 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577 (914) 253-2000 Email form: http://cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?time=5189878
Thank Campbell at:
Edmund M. Carpenter, Chair, Corporate Development Campbell Soup 1 Campbell Place Camden, NJ 08103-1701 1-800-257-8443 Email form: http://campbellsoupcompany.com/Feedback.aspx
The same process is used for many vaccines. Here is a link to the vaccines that use cells from murdered babies: http://www.cogforlife.org/fetalvaccines.htm
I stopped once I found out about this. I believe Mug Root Beer is a Pepsi product among many others. I’ll stick to seltzer for now.
Pepsico also markets the Lay brand of chips and snacks, which we are now boycotting.
Just to be clear, the aborted cells in question are actually clones of clones of clones of cells taken from a fetus that was aborted 40 years ago. They are not put in the drink itself but are used by the company in question to test taste additives and the such.
So it’s not as though if you drink Pepsi you are drinking dead babies.
All the same, what the company in question is doing is unethical in the extreme — whether the baby was aborted 40 years ago or yesterday it is wrong to profit from its death like this. Pepsi itself won’t be getting any more of my business if these are the types of companies with which it chooses to partner.
here’s a short list of popular Pepsi Co/ Yum Brands holdings
(and yes it IS about half the damn supermarket):
Long John Silvers
and Partnerships with
Seattle’s Best Coffee
Lay’s potato chips
Maui Style potato chips
Ruffles potato chips
Doritos tortilla chips
Tostitos tortilla chips
Santitas tortilla chips
Stacy’s pita chips
Fritos corn chips
Cheetos cheese flavored snacks
Rold Gold pretzels
Funyuns onion flavored rings
Sunchips multigrain snacks
Cracker Jack candy coated popcorn
Gamesa cookies and wafers
Munchos potato crisps
Baken-ets fried pork skins
Matador meat snacks
Hostess potato chips
Can someone explain to me in simple terms exactly how one could taste test anything using aborted fetus cells?
Just shared this with friends and sent kudos to Campbells for their response.
This could also affect kraft, campbells nestle and coca cola too.
They use the cells as they to test for a specific flavor profile. The cells are only activated by the flavor they are designed for.
from the article - The companys key flavor programs focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients that are intended to allow for the reduction of MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products, the Senomyx web site says. Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.
I know they have done work with nestle.... google major companies and senomyx and see what pops up.. you may not be able to avoid
You have to think in terms of a laboratory somewhere growing these aborted cells perpetually in order to do their testing. Growing all sorts of cells in labs is SOP in many biomaterial companies. This company may be purchasing them all prepared for their assay systems or they may be growing them but they are using them - that we know:
Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.
They are using HEK 293 human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors.
They are using these cells, these human embryonic kidney cells, as if they are any other biochemical compound in a racheted up litmus test...the cells being part of the litmus to proof their flavors as being accurate to their control flavor.
Thank you driftdriver and Domestic Church.
Thanks for clarifing. I was upset if i did in past . Still crazy.
I just emailed PepsiCo via their website. It’s 11 PM Saturday. I got a reply back about how professional Senomyx is, and how Pepsi ingredients are FDA approved. It’s a form letter, probably automatically sent. Pepsi isn’t interested in what we think.
Yum brands separated from Pepsico but they do have a contract to serve Pepsi products.
Boycotting Pepsi will be no problem here. In fact, when hubby and I go to Foxwoods Casino we bring our own Coca Cola, even thought we are both really beer drinkers, because all you can get there is a Pepsi, and Pepsi is just yucky.
I will make the effort to call Campbell’s Soup Co. A very loyal company that even after all these years is the anchor of Camden, NJ. It’s pretty much all Camden has got, and oh yea, I think they have an aquarium.
So, I’m glad to know Campbell’s did the right thing, because not buying Pepsi is easy, boycotting Campbell’s would be hard, but I would do it.
This is disgusting what these people are doing.
They are all little Frankensteins.
Sick and disgusting.
Either way, using these fetal cells hardly seems the best way to perform these tests.
They’re testing top make sure the chemicals are actually making the taste intended. The cells have been tweaked over many generations of cloning to only respond to specific tastes, if the right sets of sells trigger the taste is as intended, if not back to the lab. The key really is to take out all subjectivity, not everybody responds to tastes the same, but when you’ve been working with the same cells (and their clones) over and over the results don’t vary anymore. It’s a little strange, but not nearly so horrid as some are trying to portray it.