Oklahoma lawmaker wants to stop Pepsi from using aborted fetus cells in soda flavoring research


In order to simulate various flavors in processed foods, some food manufacturers are actually using aborted fetal cells to test and produce these artificial chemical enhancers that millions of Americans consume every single day. Concerned about the ethical and moral implications of such a process, Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced new legislation to prohibit this practice from occurring in his home state.

Senomyx, a California-based biotechnology company that specializes in developing food flavorings, is one such company that uses aborted embryonic cells to create “isolated human taste receptors,” which are used in the production of food chemicals. And this company has partnered with several major food manufacturers, including Kraft, PepsiCo, and Nestle (http://www.naturalnews.com/032043_human_fetal_cells_artificial_flavors.html).

“There is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors,” Sen. Shortey is quoted as saying by KRMG News Talk Radio. “What I am saying is that if it does happen then we are not going to allow it to manufacture here.”

According to Children of God for Life (CGL), a pro-life watchdog group, Senomyx uses HEK 293 to produce its artificial flavor enhancing chemicals. HEK 293 is code for human embryonic kidney cells that are manipulated to produce taste receptors that express a specific protein known as the G protein. But CGL says the company could also use animal, insect, or other more acceptably-derived cells instead, and still procure the same results.

While aborted fetal cells are not necessarily in the final products made by PepsiCo, Kraft, or Nestle, such cells appear to needlessly play a part in the production of artificial flavor chemicals used by these companies. And since there are viable alternatives to this questionable practice, Sen. Shortey, CGL, and many others are calling for its end.

As we reported previously, the Campbell Soup company used to be a Senomyx partner until CGL contacted them about the fetal cell issue. Shortly thereafter, reports indicate that Campbell’s officially cut ties with Senomyx, which in 2003 filed a patent for “recombinant (genetically modified) methods for expressing a functional sweet taste receptor.”

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by: Ethan A. Huff

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  1. The existence of a ‘market’ for aborted babies is truly a sad affair.

    I strongly disapprove of these actions. Just to be clear though, they do not intend to add the fetus cells to any flavors, or soft drinks. They are using stem cell material to create taste receptors. There would be no reason for them to add taste receptors to their product.

  2. Time to stop drinking Soda Pop all together milk and Grape Juice is much healthier for you and you will live longer. Foods and Drinks that have chemicals, synthetic and Artificial colors in them cause cancer. If our government and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) really cared about you and your young long ago they could have stopped most the garbage put in foods and drinks in American. Read the list of ingredients on every product you buy if it has a paragraph full and you want to be safe and smart you will put it back on the store shelf.

    Because of all the garbage put in Pop.
    There was a time when Soda Pop was not aloud in our schools in this Nation United In GOD We Trust.

    GOD Bless

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

  3. can we say canabalism. Every day more evidence of America’s dark and sinister
    side is being revealed. As awful as this sounds it is only a fraction of the unthinkable
    twisted , even demonic practices of what passes for science. The justification is, ” it’s
    all for the safety of the consumer.” Thanks to the watchers for exposing these kinds
    of things, else people would never know.

  4. I dont´get it….If teh cells come from rats, dogs, insects, it´s OK, but if it comes frim humans, it´s not OK????

    Sice the products (flavours) are destinated to human , use human cells !!!

    let the other sentient beings live in peace, the do not uses us, humans, to make reserach for their own.

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