A boycott has made PepsiCo agree to stop using dead fetus cells from aborted babies to test and enhance flavour chemicals in their drinks.
As we reported previously PepsiCo were getting their flavour enhancers from Senomyx Inc. who test the chemicals on aborted fetus cells.
In a statement PepsiCo said they will still use Senomyx Inc. but have assured their line will not be tested in the same way as other have been in the past.
Last year the pro life organisation, Children of God for Life revealed the practice by Senomyx Inc. and were able to link it to PepsiCo but they have said they are now delighted,executive director Debi Vinnedge said,
“We are absolutely thrilled with PepsiCo’s decision,”
“They have listened to their customers and have made both a wise and profound statement of corporate integrity that deserves the utmost respect, admiration and support of the public.”
The criticism was over line called the HEK-293 (Human Embryo Kidney) which PepsiCo have now said they will no longer use as , Paul Boykas, PepsiCo vice president for global public policy said,
“Senomyx does not use HEK cells or any other tissues or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetuses for research performed on behalf of PepsiCo,”
The decision to stop using the HEK cells does appear to be directly related to a boycott of the company and the loss of revenue they may have felt.
A shareholder petition to stop using the fetus cells ended when the Obama administration blocked it and stated that it was “ordinary business operations”.
Despite the support of the administration and the unwillingness to change over the past year, PepsiCo have now switched their process after the boycott including 30 pro-life organizations worldwide had started.
It is amazing how quick a corporations will change when enough people demand it and threaten their profit margins but the chemicals in Pepsi should be enough to turn off most people.