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Pepsi is using aborted baby cells to develop flavor enhancers – Boycott called against Pepsico

From Christian News Wire:
Scores of pro-life groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo due to their partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company using aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

Pepsi is funding the research and development — and paying royalties to Senomyx which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages.

Senomyx boasts they have over 800,000 unique flavors for foods. The human tongue recognizes only 5 (salty, savory, sweet, sour and bitter).  But cells expressing certain proteins produce a chemical signal when flavors are introduced, which determines if it’s the proper flavor. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself.

“There are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells” noted Debi Vinnedge, President of Children of God for Life, the group spearheading the boycott.

The revelation — a potential public relations nightmare — motivated Campbell Soup to sever all relations with Senomyx.

However, PepsiCo continues their business relationship despite the abortion connection. They drew pubic ire earlier this year when they responded that “our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers.”

When pressed further, PepsiCo attempted to pacify angry consumers with a form letter response insinuating they had been accused of conducting aborted fetal tissue research.  Their duplicity again drew public outrage.

Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, “While aborted fetal cells aren’t actually in the product itself, the close relationship is enough to repulse most consumers.  To our knowledge, this is the first time a food product has been publicly associated with abortion.”

The pro-life groups noted that additional companies collaborating with Senomyx will be targeted for boycott next. for more information.

Pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all Pepsi drink products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx.

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Email form:

Consumers are also encouraged to contact Campbell Soup and thank them for responding to pro-life concerns.

Edmund M. Carpenter, Chair, Corporate Development
Campbell Soup
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701
Email form:

Pro-life groups joining Children of God for Life in the boycott to date are:  Life Issues Institute, American Life League,  Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO,  Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, Stand True.


  1. MS
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    The headline says “Pepsi is using aborted baby cells to develop flavor enhancers”, but the article says that’s not the case.

    • Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      No it says the cells are not in Pepsi, but it does say they are using cell to develop the flavor inhancers.

      “Pepsi is funding the research and development – and paying royalties to Senomyx which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages.”

  2. Christina
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t realize how much was associated with PepsiCo until I looked it up…

    A list of all products made by PepsiCo.

    Pepsi – Cola Brands
    •Sierra Mist
    •Ocean Spray
    •Mountain Dew
    •AMP Energy
    •Mug Root Beer
    •Mug Cream Soda
    •No Fear
    •Seattle’s Best Coffee
    •Tazo Tea
    •SoBe Energize
    •SoBe Lean
    •SoBe Lifewater
    •SoBe Smooth
    •Aquafina FlavorSplash
    •DoubleShot Coffee Drink
    •DoubleShot Energy
    •Lipton Brisk
    •Lipton Iced Tea
    •Lipton PureLeaf
    •Propel Zero

    Frito-Lay Brands
    •Lay’s Potato chips
    •Maui Style Potato Chips
    •Ruffles Potato Chips
    •Doritos Chips
    •Tostitos Tortilla Chips
    •Santitas Tortilla Chips
    •Stacy’s Pita Chips
    •Fritos Corn Chips
    •Rold Gold Pretzels
    •Cracker Jack
    •Chester’s Popcorn
    •Grandma’s Cookies
    •Gamesa Cookies and Wafers
    •Smartfood Popcorn
    •Baken-ets (fried pork skins)
    •Matador Meat Snacks
    •Frito-Lay Nuts
    •Frito-Lay, Fritos and Tostitos dips & salsas
    •Frito-Lay, Doritos and Cheetos snack crackers
    •Hickory Sticks
    •Hostess Potato Chips
    •El Isleno Plantain Chips
    •Lay’s Stax Potato Crisps
    •Natural Lay’s
    •Natural Cheetos
    •Natural Tostitos
    •Miss Vickie’s Potato Chips
    •Munchies Snack Mix

    Tropicana Brands
    •Tropicana Pure Premium Juices
    •Tropicana Twister Juice Drinks
    •Dole Juices (License)
    •Dole Sensations
    •Tropicana 100 Juices
    •Naked Juice

    Quaker Brands
    •Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
    •Quaker Instant Oatmeal
    •Cap’n Crunch Cereal
    •Quaker Life Cereal
    •Quaker Natural Granola Cereal
    •Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal
    •Quisp Cereal
    •King Vitaman Cereal
    •Quaker Oh’s! Cereal
    •Mother’s Cereals
    •Quaker Grits
    •Quaker Oatmeal to Go bars
    •Aunt Jemima Mixes & Syrups
    •Quaker Rice Cakes
    •Quaker Rice Snacks (Quakes)
    •Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
    •Quaker Chewy Granola Cocoa Bars
    •Quaker Dipps Granola Bars
    •Rice-A-Roni Side Dishes
    •Pasta Roni Side Dishes
    •Near East Side Dishes
    •Puffed Wheat
    •Harvest Crunch Cereal
    •Quaker Baking Mixes
    •Quaker Fruit & Oatmeal Bars
    •Quaker Fruit & Oatmeal Bites
    •Quaker Life Bar
    •Quaker Bakeries

    •Gatorade G Series
    •Bring It (Fierce)
    •Be Tough (X Factor)
    •Gatorade A.M.
    •Gatorade G
    •Gatorade Rain
    •Gatorade X-Factor
    •G Natural
    •G2 Natural

  3. Tyson G
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m honestly confused a little Bryan, can you please clarify for me? I understand that the aborted cells aren’t in the products, but are in the flavor enhancers. What are flavor enhancers then? The cells are being used to help create flavors and then the flavors are made without the cells? How are the cells used to enhance flavors but are not in the products themselves? I am sure this isn’t a good thing, I’m just honestly confused about it in my simple mind, haha. Please help me understand.

    • jessica
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      The cells release certain proteins when it reacts with a certain flavor. So in esence, the kidney cells are “taste testers”, because the human tongue can only taste 5 different types of flavors, the human tongue isn’t ” sufficient” enough for their research.

      • witchiepoo
        Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

        ummmm humans will be the ones drinking it so if human tongues are not “sufficient”, then who are they making this product for??

  4. JD
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I would wait until this shows up on before running with it.

    • Posted May 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      JD this is research done by a pro-life group, not just some story we found.

      • FG
        Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        exactly, a pro-life group.

    • livN4Christ
      Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      JD, don’t know everything apparently!

  5. bob
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    TysonG: it seems to me the cells are used to test their chemical flavor concoctions, much like testing cosmetics on animals. They’re looking for the cells to have a specific response to the introduced chemical – one that matches some other, known compound.

    For example, to test a new fake sugar, you evaluate agains the response sugar generates.

  6. Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Is this for real I wonder…

  7. John elliott
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    This is the email I received:

    Dear John,

    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, food and beverage companies, 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


  8. Mali
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if this is true, but not only does this sound completely unethical and just plain horrible, but it also sounds just plain icky! Seriously, who would want chemicals derived from dead human pieces in their food? Wouldn’t it be considered cannibalism? :c

  9. Ellie
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I wanted to make sure I was reading this right, so I did a little further research. It’s still bad, but it’s not quite what you might think from some of the more sensational headlines.

    Some clarifications- the flavor enhancers themselves are not derived from the aborted fetal cells- hence, there are no actual fetal cells in the products. The fetal cells are used as testers. Basically, the process goes like this:

    1. Company develops a chemical.
    2. Company tests chemical by putting it in a petri dish with the aborted fetal cells and watching the reaction.
    3. Depending on the reaction, the company then proceeds to testing the chemical on living persons.

    In fact, if my information is correct, the cells being used aren’t actual aborted fetal tissue themselves- they are cells that are *descended* from aborted fetal tissue (i.e., these cells are not aborted fetal tissue themselves. They’re sort of like the great-grandchildren of the aborted fetal tissue). So the process would actually look more like this:

    1. Back in the ’70s, a child is aborted.
    2. Tissue from the aborted baby is used to develop a line of cells for experimentation.
    3. Years later, cells derived from the cell line that originated from aborted tissue are bought by the company.
    4. Company develops a chemical.
    5. Company tests chemical on said cells to see the reaction.
    6. Depending on the reaction, company proceeds to further testing on live humans.

    Is this repulsive and unethical? Yes. Should other means of experimentation be found? Absolutely. Does it justify the tragic abortion of a child? By no means. But this is not exactly a case of mad scientists in a lab throwing aborted babies in a blender and stirring them into your soda. It’s a case of scientists using cells descended from an aborted fetus to test and observe the reactions of particular chemicals. It’s still bad, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not *AS* bad. Throwing around phrases about there being aborted babies in people’s drinks isn’t going to do any good- if we want to be taken seriously and do some good, we need to make sure we have our facts straight.

    • Posted June 1, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Ellie you are correct that there are no aborted baby cells in the actual product and no where in this article does it say there are aborted babies in the drink, in fact it clarifies that there are no aborted baby cells in Pepsi.

      “Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, “While aborted fetal cells aren’t actually in the product itself, the close relationship is enough to repulse most consumers. To our knowledge, this is the first time a food product has been publicly associated with abortion.”

      The title may be attention grabbing, but it is factual. The cells are used to “develop” the flavor inhancers. It is all factual.

      • Ellie
        Posted June 1, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

        Oh, I don’t deny that it’s factual. My problem is that the way it is being presented is kind of misleading. Even saying that the cells are used to “develop” the enhancers is a little misleading, because it sounds very much as though the cells are involved in the actual *production* of the chemicals (i.e., the chemicals are somehow derived from the cells), whereas they are actually only involved in the *testing* of the chemicals. Basically, the cells occupy the same spot in the process as test animals do at cosmetic companies- cosmetics are tested on the animals, but not derived or produced from them. Same thing here- the chemicals are tested on the cells, but not derived or produced from them. And again, the cells in question are not actually themselves aborted fetal tissue- they are cells that are *descended* from aborted fetal tissue.

        Don’t get me wrong, I still think this is bad and the company should be boycotted. But I think it’s really, really important that we get our facts straight and are perfectly clear about what *is* happening (cells derived from aborted tissue are being used as testing materials for flavor enhancers) and what *isn’t* happening (flavor enhancers are being produced from aborted fetal cells). I’ve already seen a lot of misconceptions right here in the comments (things like “Seriously, who would want chemicals derived from dead human pieces in their food? Wouldn’t it be considered cannibalism?” and the idea that the cells in question are actual aborted tissue, when they are, as I said, merely *descended* from aborted tissue- still bad, but not the same thing). These misconceptions do us no good- invariably it will be discovered that they are misconceptions, the real facts will come to light, and then this gets used by the pro-choice media to further discredit the pro-life movement by smearing us as a bunch of nutjob fearmongers spreading misinformation.

        While I don’t dispute the truth of the article, and I do feel this is wrong and plan to boycott Pepsi, I do take issue with the way the information in the article is presented, as I think it is a bit sensationalistic and presents things in a way that I think is likely to lead to a great number of misconceptions about what is actually happening- misconceptions that will ultimately do our cause more harm than good.

        • james
          Posted July 24, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

          the question that needs to be asked is if pepsi will need the cells of aborted fetuses?

  10. Rev. Barbara Minton
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I question the use of boycott as a ministry tool. Not once do I see Jesus calling his followers to boycott anything. My desire is to follow Jesus. Since he didn’t boycott I make my choice to follow him. But I don’t drink Pepsi because I prefer Coke.

    • sdesimio
      Posted September 4, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      I don’t think Jesus supported those selling in the temple. In fact, I think His turning over their tables was a bit stronger than a boycott.

    • Joyce
      Posted November 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      God give us women to bare children not murder them. You need to read your Bible a little more or have a little alone time with the Lord, don’t you think

      • Cindy
        Posted December 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        Please comment on the issue being discussed and don’t attack your sister in Christ as being less righteous than you because you don’t agree with her opinion. We need to be able to dialogue honestly on this subject w/o turning on each other and missing the point entirely.

    • Sarah
      Posted March 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      God also says to stay away from thiings that weren’t good for our bodies as well. I don’ think any drinks other than water is good for you either. I drink only water and milk.. follow Jesus and let go of all the things that Jesus wouldn’t do. I couldn’t see Jesus drinking a coke or pepsi either. Just saying.

      • Tyson
        Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

        Jesus also drank wine, though I see your point.

  11. yaa
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    this is disgusting and it doesn’t matter if the babies were aborted years ago or not – i bet not one woman was consulted or told that her aborted babies tissue would be kept / stored or used in any way for anything. just plain wrong but not surprising in the current climate.

  12. Edwardear
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Well, as these cells are just that, cells, I would rather these simple cells were used than the mass torture and slaughter of the alternative – animals. Living, breathing ones.

  13. Michael Vallins
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    The bottom line in all of this is the answer to the question: “can the process be done without using any form of aborted cells? If it can be done without, then use the alternative method.

    If the process can only be done using some form or connection with aborted cells, then don’t do it.

    Obviously Pepsico has chosen to approve the method and willingly gives its okay to the lab. saying in essence, “use aborted cells.”

    Therefore it is right to boycott Pepsico.

    Someone mentioned that Jesus didn’t use the boycott method — He didn’t need to, He drove those perpetrators out Himself. Hallelujah!

  14. Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    An effective measure is to return items you have already purchased to the grocery store. Tell the manager you are boycotting these products, and tell them why.

  15. Rev. Barbara Minton
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Vallins, I agree with your observation of Jesus driving out the perpetrators. Perhaps we need to follow in Jesus’ steps and start throwing the Pepsico products out into the streets like Jesus did–and accept the consequences of our actions just like Jesus did.
    On the other hand I recently visited the Civil Rights Center in Atlanta, GA and have a deeper appreciation for the boycotte. Those who boycotted for thier civil rights in non-violent protests accepted the consequences for their actions–being jailed, attacked by police dogs, beaten with billyclubs, blasted with fire hoses–but, thank God, we see positive change for their sacrifices. I can’t equate this present call for a Pepsi boycotte with what happened in the civil rights movement back in the ’60s.

    • Missy
      Posted July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      “I agree with your observation of Jesus driving out the perpetrators. Perhaps we need to follow in Jesus’ steps and start throwing the Pepsico products out into the streets like Jesus did–and accept the consequences of our actions just like Jesus did.” Amen!!! I am no longer buying any of these products. I will print and make a copy for my purse. I have put it on my fb twice.

  16. Michael Vallins
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Once again, the point is:
    Does Pepsico give its approval to using cells obtained by abortion?
    If it doesn’t give its approval, then buy all the products you want with a clear conscience.
    If yes, and you buy Pepsico products then you are agreeing with their stance. That is wrong.

  17. Joe Viterbo
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    This is ridiculous. I work with HEK293 cells every day. They are an established cell line used in life science research for over 40 years. Use the GOOGLE if you have to. They have been immortalized in order to produce a cell line that will not die after a few passages, unlike most normal cells cultured.

    By the way, if they don’t use the HEK cells, there are other cell lines out there that they could use in their place. However an advantage of HEK is they are well characterized and used by most labs. This is SO not a big deal. I should link to this article to show the lack of science education and critical thinking skills in this country.

    • Grace
      Posted November 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Joe Viterbo
      A forty year history does not necessitate credibility. How was the cell line established initially? Is abortion a big deal to you?

  18. Missy
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    we are already boycotting these products

  19. Kayleen
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I really don’t want to eat aborted baby cells in my food. That’s just disgusting, I don’t even like living babies.

  20. Ed Anderson
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Hey, if it was on the INTERNET, why, by golly gee, it’s GOT to be true. I mean, i read about a lady on the INTERENET that licked an envelope that had cockroach egss on it and the eggs go transferred to her mouth and they hatched in her mouth. HONEST! I read that on the INTERNET!


  21. Jennifer c
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    This was clearly meant to inflame opinion starting at the headline. Ridiculous reporting. I will NOT be boycotting Pepsi.

  22. Posted August 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    They drew pubic ire earlier this year …

    You really need to proofread better. This may be a typo but it’s gross.

  23. fred
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Soylent green is people!!!!!
    I guess charlton heston was right all along

  24. Rob
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Joe V. It seems such an uphill battle when so many are so confident in their ignorance.

  25. Elizabeth Stewart
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Is anyone on this board reading Joe Viterbo’s post and understanding it? Please pay attention to science and leave the woo alone. HEK293 cells are used in all kinds of research. You are going to starve to death if you boycot it all. Come to think of it, that might be a good Darwinian consequence, so just forget I said anything.

  26. jennifer
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Be clear on what you and your pro-life group is really boycotting because your really confusing people with this article…

  27. sam
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Really guys? You think this is sooo bad? I think its a great alternative to testing rats and monkeys. And im sure some women were aware of what the tissue was going to be used for. Its almost like bein an organ donor when you die. I think all companies should use this. Stop testing on animals. Pro life always gets in a big hype over nothing. Let people think for themselves. With out abortion and the right to choose wed be like China pretty much. And the whole jesus did this jesus didnt do that. Thats just another way to not think for yourself. Its always easier to do what someone else tells you. Stick to facts. They make sense. Anyone that doesnt see this form of testing as good. Is an idiot.

  28. John
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Bo thats just wrong what is the world coming to when u put baby cells in drinks!?!? Pathetic and a bunch of nasty freaks!! :/ !!?!?

  29. Lamoin
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the most dispicable things I’ve encountered in a long time. AND…..just when I thought the human race couldn’t drop any lower into the cess-pool………….it does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. R LO
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    does no one see that they are testing “chemicals” before it is tested on live humans? Moral, ethical, right, wrong…..whatever? I have my opinions on all of these subjuects and wont get into that……

    but if these “chemicals” have the potential to be that harmful to a live human that they have to test them on dead babies and there cellular decendants, dont you think you should drink some water or tea instead…


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  32. Posted March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I just heard about Pepsi using aborted fetuses for natural flavoring, that is the most disgusting evil thing I’ve heard in a while- Anyone know if this has been confirmed?

  33. Posted March 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

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  34. daisy
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Actually this is not the first time I heard this story. I read it in a news article about a month ago. Trying to remember where so I can share it with you. This is totally disgusting appauling! Definitely will be changing my drinking and food habits.

  35. Here2Say
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I think that it will take a lot more than a couple of bloggers boycotting Pepsi products to make Pepsi go back on their decision. If this is all true then it need to get off the internet and out into the public. You know flyers, News papers, Tv News, etc. Out where people will see it; some will believe and some will not and some just wont care; as we’ev seen here on these very comments. I just found out about this issue yesterday and it was from some random kid in the hall. If he didn’t just walk up to us waiting for the elevator I probably never would have heard of this. We have to get this information out with straight facts and the Word of God as our sword. If we allow this then someone will find this as a justification to promote abortion and we, as Christians, will have lost the battle.

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