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Pro-Life Groups Call for Pepsi Boycott Over Aborted Fetal Cell Lines

by Staff
June 6, 2011
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LARGO, Fla., (christiansunite.com) -- Scores of prolife groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo due to their partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company using aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

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.

Senomyx boasts they have over 800,000 unique flavors for foods. The human tongue recognizes only 5 (salty, savory, sweet, sour and bitter). But cells expressing certain proteins produce a chemical signal when flavors are introduced, which determines if it's the proper flavor. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself.

"There are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells" noted Debi Vinnedge, President of Children of God for Life, the group spearheading the boycott.

The revelation -- a potential public relations nightmare -- motivated Campbell Soup to sever all relations with Senomyx.

However, PepsiCo continues their business relationship despite the abortion connection. They drew pubic ire earlier this year when they responded 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 insinuating they had been accused of conducting aborted fetal tissue research. Their duplicity again drew public outrage.

Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, "While aborted fetal cells aren't 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."

The pro-life groups noted that additional companies collaborating with Senomyx will be targeted for boycott next. See www.cogforlife.org/senomyxalert.htm for more information.

Pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all Pepsi drink products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx.

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Email form: cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?time=5189878

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