Originally published March 17 2012
Obama agency rules Pepsi's
use of aborted fetal cells in soft drinks constitutes
'ordinary business operations'
A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The Obama Administration has given its
blessing to PepsiCo to continue utilizing the services of a
company that produces flavor chemicals for the beverage
giant using aborted human fetal tissue. LifeSiteNews.com
reports that the Obama Security and Exchange Commission
(SEC) has decided that PepsiCo's arrangement with San Diego,
Cal.-based Senomyx, which produces flavor enhancing
chemicals for Pepsi using human embryonic kidney tissue,
simply constitutes "ordinary business operations."
The issue began in 2011 when the non-profit group
Children of God for Life (CGL) first broke the news
about Pepsi's alliance with Senomyx, which led to massive
outcry and a worldwide boycott of Pepsi products. At that
time, it was revealed that Pepsi had many other options at
its disposal to produce flavor chemicals, which is what its
competitors do, but had instead chosen to continue using
aborted fetal cells -- or as Senomyx deceptively puts it,
"isolated human taste receptors" (http://www.naturalnews.com).
A few months later, Pepsi' shareholders filed a resolution
petitioning the company to "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." But the Obama Administration shut down this
36-page proposal, deciding instead that Pepsi's used of
aborted babies to flavor its beverage products is just
business as usual, and not a significant concern.
"We're not talking about what kind of pencils PepsiCo wants
to use -- we are talking about exploiting the remains of an
aborted child for profit," said Debi Vinnedge, Executive
Director of CGL, concerning the SEC decision. "Using human
embryonic kidney (HEK-293) to produce flavor enhancers for
their beverages is a far cry from routine operations!"
To be clear, the aborted fetal tissue used to make Pepsi's
flavor chemicals does not end up in the final product sold
to customers, according to reports -- it is used, instead,
to evaluate how actual human taste receptors respond to
these chemical flavorings. But the fact that Pepsi uses them
at all when viable, non-human alternatives are available
illustrates the company's blatant disregard for ethical and
moral concerns in the matter.
Back in January, Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey proposed
legislation to ban the production of aborted fetal
cell-derived flavor chemicals in his home state. If passed,
S.B. 1418 would also reportedly ban the sale of any products
that contain flavor chemicals derived from human fetal
tissue, which includes Pepsi products as well as products
produced by Kraft and Nestle (http://www.naturalnews.com).