For the past several months, PepsiCo has
been issuing the following letters in response to customer complaints.
Don't be fooled - they are NOT being honest - and we have all the proof you
This is an automated and very deceitful response because the cell line being used is called "human embryonic kidney" though it was actually from an abortion in the fetal stage (post 8 weeks) which means they are doing aborted fetal cell line research, not cells from embryos. Now the aborted fetal cells are also reproduced and frozen, reproduced and frozen and so maybe they are trying to be clever saying the cells did not come from an embryo - because they came from the lab. But of course its all semantics and of course, they are patently lying. Even PepsiCo lawyers did not deny they were funding the research in response to the shareholder who filed a resolution with the SEC in November against PepsiCo.
They are certainly funding research for Senomyx and we have it on their own letterhead admitting it. That letter can be found at: http://cogforlife.org/pepsiresponse.pdf They paid $30 million up front for the research and development which the local media reported on in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704554104575435312538637530.html and the stock market - http://www.dailymarkets.com/stock/2010/08/19/pepsico-senomyx-in-sweetener-deal/
(As to Senomyx using aborted fetal cell line, HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) that information is readily available in their own patents and we have included that information below.)
Pepsi Response No. 2
Thank you for contacting us at PepsiCo. There are no stem cells, cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses, or fetal tissues in any PepsiCo products. The integrity of our products is critical to PepsiCo, and we use only ingredients that meet all government and other regulatory standards. Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.
Our Response - Letter No. 2
This is pure semantics - shame on them. No one ever said there were stem cells or fetal tissues or cell lines IN the PepsiCo products, nor did anyone say the products using Senomyx flavor enhancers are in CURRENT products. But they will be in FUTURE products unless PepsiCo severs ties with Senomyx or chooses not to take advantage of the results from the $30 million they have invested in the research, development and discovery of those flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell line, HEK-293. We intend to continue our boycott of all Pepsi products and will encourage our family, friends and colleagues to do the same.
Senomyx and Partners – All the Proof You Need
UPDATE: Proof No. 1: PepsiCo attorneys plead with the SEC to exclude the shareholder resolution filed in October 2011. Were it not true that they are funding the use of aborted fetal cell lines in the research, development and discovery of new flavor enhancers, they would have answered in one brief paragraph asking for dismissal. They did not do this. Read PepsiCo attorneys letter here.
Since issuing our first press release on March 29, 2011 regarding the work of Senomyx using aborted fetal cell lines to produce artificial flavor enhancers for several major food giants, the public has responded to these companies with letters and phone calls expressing their concern, shock and utter disgust. Unfortunately, both Senomyx and their partners have been less than honest in their responses to the public, causing even further confusion to the public, even to the point of convincing some that its simply not true. We have compiled the following information to help you in your boycott and letter writing efforts in order to ensure this undeniable truth is no longer kept hidden from the public.
So let's start right out with the undisputable fact that aborted fetal cell lines are indeed being used by Senomyx in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.
I. List of their
Because this is often too
technical to sort through or understand by anyone who is not a biochemist,
following is a citation from one of their “umani” or savory taste receptors:
".....Generation of Cell Lines that Inducibly Co-Express T1R1/T1R3 which Selectively Respond to Umami Taste Stimuli
T1R1/T1R3 HEK 293 cell lines that stably expressed the umami taste receptor display robust improved activity relative to transiently transfected cites. However, a disadvantage is that they can rapidly lose activity during cell propagation. …To overcome the instability of the T1R1/T1R3 stable cell lines, the HEK-G.sub..alpha.15 cells have been engineered to inducibly express T1R1/T1R3 using the GeneSwitch system (Invitrogen). pGene-derived zeocin-resistant expression vectors for human T1R1 and T1R3 (plasmid SXV603 for T1R1 and SXV611 for T1R3) and a puromycin-resistant pSwitch-derived vector that carries the GeneSwitch protein (plasmid SXV628) were linearized and cotransfected into the HEK-G.sub..alpha.15 cell line. Zeocin-resistant and puromycin-resistant colonies were selected expanded induced with variable amounts of mifepristone, and tested by calcium imaging for responses to umami taste stimuli. .."
Note the use of mifepristone, better known as RU-486 to help stabilize the cells. If the HEK was an actual product ingredient not only would it be literal cannibalism, the human ingestion of aborted fetal cell lines modified by the abortifacient RU-486 would present huge safety concerns as well. Click here for further information on the aborted fetal cell line HEK-293
II. Fact vs Fiction
III. List of Senomyx partners
UPDATE: ALL COMPANY PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS WERE REMOVED FROM THE
SENOMYX WEBSITE IN JULY 2011- BUT THEY MISSED THIS ONE:
Originally posted under Partners and Collaborators:
“Sweet” Deal for Senomyx
IV. Partners’ Admission and
Pepsi continues to deceive the public with their responses to consumer complaints. And we deeply appreciate those who are not letting them get away with it! Here is the latest from one determined consumer - God bless her!
Your response does not address my deep concern. I'm aware the Senomyx does not provide you with ingredients or manufacture your products. PepsiCo's contract with Senomyx funds and supports its "beverage sweetener research" using the cells of an aborted human fetus.
Entirely regardless of "FDA requirements" being met or "well-established and long-approved research processes" being used by Senomyx, it uses the remains of an aborted human being to provide PepsiCo with the resulting information or products.
This is what we roundly reject. It works insidiously to degrade and devalue human life, resulting in a broader, deeper social decline threatening us all - broken families, rampant STDs, violent crime, negative health and emotional effects of abortion, mounting threats of euthanasia, etc - and that, ultimately, cannot be good for PepsiCo's survival and growth either.
Again, I ask PepsiCo to terminate its contract with Senomyx immediately and take advantage of other "well-established" research that does not utilize human remains to accomplish its goals.
Update: June 2, 2011
- Want to really get the boycott going?
Update: May 26, 2011 - Pepsi still doesn't get it! Do they think that this "gold standard" of research makes it somehow morally acceptable to exploit the remains of aborted babies for profit? Here is how PepsiCo is responding to the latest boycott letters from the public:
Thank you for contacting us to share your sincere concerns.
Please be assured that PepsiCo is committed to using only the highest ethical methods in all aspects of our research. This is something we take very seriously, and we hold ourselves and all of our research partners to the same high standards as the world’s leading research centers.
With respect to the flavor discovery research with Senomyx, we utilize techniques that have been the gold standard for several decades by top universities, hospitals, U.S. government agencies, and essentially every pharmaceutical and biotech company in the world. Yet, there is some misinformation being circulated meant to distort what we’re doing and question our motives and those of other companies. This is unfortunate, and it is certainly not reflective of the work we are doing.
We hope this information is helpful and reassuring. Thank you again for reaching out to us and allowing us to clarify the situation.
Pepsi Consumer Relations
Senomyx Responds to our first
When confronted with the actual facts of how they are using the aborted fetal cell lines, Senomyx does not respond to consumers, nor to CBS news interviews.
The facts speak for themselves as one bright consumer noted in response:
“Thank you for taking the time to write to us regarding your affiliation with Senomyx. Please see their website at http://senomyx.com/collaborations/ - where they list Solae as a "collaborator". They also list you under their partnerships - http://senomyx.com/collaborations/partnerships.htm I am very concerned that Senomyx would misrepresent itself to investors and the public in general, especially if it means harm in any way to your company name. You may want to contact their management to get this resolved with them.”
To date, Solae has not responded, nor have they been removed from Senomyx list as Campbell Soup was after they severed ties. Is Solae being honest? You decide.
Nestlé Response: Via US Mail
"Thanks for your email re Nestle and Senomyx. You are misinformed. Senomyx is not a supplier to Nestle. The media isn't the gospel. It's just the media." - Roddy Child-Villiers, Nestlé
Nestlé Responds – and finally
admits the truth:
Kraft/Cadbury Adams LLC
Response after March 29 Press
PepsiCo Response when
confronted with fact:
PepsiCo Response after
official boycott begins:
What none of these companies seem to understand is how deeply their actions offend the moral sensibilities of the public. As noted on our PepsiCo Boycott flyer: www.cogforlife.org/pepsiflyer.pdf
Well we have a message for PepsiCo. We who are pro-life have a “gold standard” too. And that means we defend the sanctity of all human life including respect for the remains of innocent aborted babies which PepsiCo is exploiting for profit.”
Beware Nestlé, Solae and Cadbury Adams LLC: You are next in line for an official public boycott of your products unless you convince Senomyx to change their methods or sever your ties with them completely.
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