Pro-life Boycott of Pepsi

From the “Soylent Green” files, LifeSiteNews reports:

“Scores of prolife groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo, due to its partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

LifeSiteNews previously reported on Senomyx’s partnership with major food corporations, most notably PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé.

Pro-life watchdog group, Children of God for Life (CGL), is now joined by major pro-life organizations calling upon the public to target PepsiCo in a boycott.

Pepsi is funding the research and development, and paying royalties to Senomyx, which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages.

“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,” says the Senomyx website.

“What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,” stated Debi Vinnedge, President for CGL, the watch dog group that has been monitoring the use of aborted fetal material in medical products and cosmetics for years.”

Read here.

Just to prevent any misreporting, the materials derived from aborted babies is not actually in any products produced by Pepsi or any other companies. In this case, Senomyx uses cell lines derived from aborted tissue to make receptors that can be used to test various taste products. The aborted tissues are used for testing the products, not to make the products themselves. This does not, of course make Senomyx’s actions any less horrific. That our commercial and scientific leaders have no qualms about harvesting human tissue from aborted children simply to test flavor enhancers casts a very poor light on the state of our society.

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