PepsiCo shy of cannibalism

The leader of the organization, which opposes abortion, defeated in their attempts to convince the soft-drinks manufacturer PepsiCo to stop using them in research to improve the taste of products of fetal stem cells derived from aborted fetuses. The Executive Director of the organization "Children of God — for life" Debi Vinnedzh announced that at the end of April, she received a letter from the Vice President of Global Public Policy Paul Boykasa of PepsiCo, which confirmed that it is working with Senomyx company does not permit the use of HEK- 293 — cell line derived from human embryonic kidney. With the company Senomyx PepsiCo has signed a four-year contract for $ 30 million associated with the research to improve the taste of products.

As it became known last November, PepsiCo filed a shareholder resolution with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order not to give the company a contract with Senomyx, which, according to the collected Vinnedzh documents in the production of artificial flavor enhancers used cell lines derived from aborted babies. According to some reports, even after the news about the use Senomyx in testing their food additives abortive fetal cells, PepsiCo has ignored concerns and criticism from many protivoabortnyh movements and tens of thousands of opponents of abortion, who expressed their opposition to the contract between PepsiCo and Senomyx.

After nearly a year-long campaign organization "Children of God — for life", including a nationwide boycott of the products PepsiCo, in late April Boykas Vinnedzh sent a letter, assuring her that PepsiCo would not "conduct or fund research — including studies conducted by third parties — which are used in any human tissue or cell lines derived from embryos or fetusov ". Boykas Vinnedzh also assured that "in studies carried out on behalf of PepsiCo, Senomyx does not use HEK-cells, as well as other tissues or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetusov (from aborted fetuses)."

In response to this letter, Vinnedzh said she was "delighted with the decision PepsiCo. They listened to their customers and at the same time have made a wise and informed statement indicating corporate integrity and worthy of the deepest respect, admiration and support of the public. "

According Vinnedzh, she personally spoke with Boykasom, who said that during the discussion of the problem of internal company leaders realized that the continuation of the policy that could damage the relationship with the consumer, was not in the interests of PepsiCo. "We have taken this issue very seriously, — quotes Boykasa Vinnedzh. We have an official statement on Responsible research, and we intend to live up to this policy. "

As explained Vinnedzh, this policy "excludes the possibility of any research PepsiCo, PepsiCo or funded by a third party, which would involve the use of human tissues or cell lines derived from embryos or fetusov."

The news of the decision reached PepsiCo public opponents of abortion. Brad Matts organization of Life Issues Institute and one of the thirty teams that joined the efforts to convince PepsiCo to change the policy, comments on the situation: "We are grateful to PepsiCo, especially to all those who sent in clear and understandable messages executives of the company." Also, Brad adds: "There is morally permissible to use cell lines that can and should use Senomyx — not only in research for PepsiCo, but also for the rest of their customers." Vinnedzh noted that such permissible to use cell lines can easily be obtained from organisms, animals, insects, and even nefetalnyh human cells containing G-proteins associated with taste receptors.

According Vinnedzh, outside the contract with PepsiCo, Senomyx, receiving payment for the sale of products that contain ingredients of their company, should rethink the use of fetal stem cells in taste research. "If they do not use aborted stem cells — they do not offend the feelings draws" — says Vinnedzh. And when these cells are certainly offend the feelings of nearly half of the consumers in the U.S. who are opposed to abortion. " Vinnedzh says that "for Senomyx, and their partners, financial and competitive is to prevent substantial loss of potential market. In Senomyx must cease all use of fetal stem cells, and we intend to continue to force them to do it. "

Leader protivoabortnoy organization added that the individuals and families who boycotted the products of PepsiCo in connection with the problem under discussion, must now write to the company and its CEO to thank for making ethical decisions — "and then buy yourself your favorite foods Pepsi, to mark the occasion »According Vinnedzh," too often we focus on the negative and forget that you have to give to others to understand that we appreciate their efforts. We sincerely hope that the public will rise again as massively as it was during the boycott — but this time as a sign of approval and support of PepsiCo ».

As it became known last November, PepsiCo filed a shareholder resolution with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order not to give the company a contract with Senomyx, which, according to the collected Vinnedzh documents in the production of artificial flavor enhancers used cell lines derived from aborted babies. According to some reports, even after the news about the use Senomyx in testing their food additives abortive fetal cells, PepsiCo has ignored concerns and criticism from many protivoabortnyh movements and tens of thousands of opponents of abortion, who expressed their opposition to the contract between PepsiCo and Senomyx.

After nearly a year-long campaign organization "Children of God — for life", including a nationwide boycott of the products PepsiCo, in late April Boykas Vinnedzh sent a letter, assuring her that PepsiCo would not "conduct or fund research — including studies conducted by third parties — which are used in any human tissue or cell lines derived from embryos or fetusov ". Boykas Vinnedzh also assured that "in studies carried out on behalf of PepsiCo, Senomyx does not use HEK-cells, as well as other tissues or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetusov (from aborted fetuses)."

In response to this letter, Vinnedzh said she was "delighted with the decision PepsiCo. They listened to their customers and at the same time have made a wise and informed statement indicating corporate integrity and worthy of the deepest respect, admiration and support of the public. "

According Vinnedzh, she personally spoke with Boykasom, who said that during the discussion of the problem of internal company leaders realized that the continuation of the policy that could damage the relationship with the consumer, was not in the interests of PepsiCo. "We have taken this issue very seriously, — quotes Boykasa Vinnedzh. We have an official statement on Responsible research, and we intend to live up to this policy. "

As explained Vinnedzh, this policy "excludes the possibility of any research PepsiCo, PepsiCo or funded by a third party, which would involve the use of human tissues or cell lines derived from embryos or fetusov."

The news of the decision reached PepsiCo public opponents of abortion. Brad Matts organization of Life Issues Institute and one of the thirty teams that joined the efforts to convince PepsiCo to change the policy, comments on the situation: "We are grateful to PepsiCo, especially to all those who sent in clear and understandable messages executives of the company." Also, Brad adds: "There is morally permissible to use cell lines that can and should use Senomyx — not only in research for PepsiCo, but also for the rest of their customers." Vinnedzh noted that such permissible to use cell lines can easily be obtained from organisms, animals, insects, and even nefetalnyh human cells containing G-proteins associated with taste receptors.

According Vinnedzh, outside the contract with PepsiCo, Senomyx, receiving payment for the sale of products that contain ingredients of their company, should rethink the use of fetal stem cells in taste research. "If they do not use aborted stem cells — they do not offend the feelings draws" — says Vinnedzh. And when these cells are certainly offend the feelings of nearly half of the consumers in the U.S. who are opposed to abortion. " Vinnedzh says that "for Senomyx, and their partners, financial and competitive is to prevent substantial loss of potential market. In Senomyx must cease all use of fetal stem cells, and we intend to continue to force them to do it. "

Leader protivoabortnoy organization added that the individuals and families who boycotted the products of PepsiCo in connection with the problem under discussion, must now write to the company and its CEO to thank for making ethical decisions — "and then buy yourself your favorite foods Pepsi, to mark the occasion »According Vinnedzh," too often we focus on the negative and forget that you have to give to others to understand that we appreciate their efforts. We sincerely hope that the public will rise again as massively as it was during the boycott — but this time as a sign of approval and support of PepsiCo ».

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