Legislator to stop Pepsi from using aborted fetuses in their flavoring research
(Healingtalks) Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced legislation in his home state to prohibit the unethical practice of using aborted fetal cells to create artificial chemical additives for use in processed foods.
A specialized food-favor-creating biotech company, Senomyx, uses such cells, called HEK 292, to create “isolated human taste receptors” for the production of chemicals to be used in foods. The company has partnered with major food manufacturers of the likes of Kraft, PepsiCo, and Nestle
HEK 293 is a scientific nomenclature which hides the fact that this is really human embryonic kidney cells taken from dead fetuses. The company is using these cells despite the fact that they could substitute them for animal cells instead.
Fortunately the aborted fetal cells are not necessarily in the final products, those marketed by PepsiCo, Kraft, and Nestle. The cells rather appear in the production of their artificial flavors. 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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