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Pepsi ends use of aborted cell lines in taste testing

April 30, 2012

PepsiCo has announced that it will discontinue use of tissues harvested from aborted human embryos to test flavoring ingredients for its soft drinks.

PepsiCo had been using products provided by Senomyx, a a biotech firm that supplies embryonic kidney cells from aborted children for taste testing. Upon discovering that relationship, the pro-life group Children of God for Life had called for a boycott of Pepsi products.

“We are absolutely thrilled with PepsiCo’s decision,” said Debi Vinnedge, the director of Children of God for Life, upon hearing that Pepsi had decided to end the use of the aborted fetal cell lines.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 01, 2012 12:56 PM ET USA

    I have to concur with TheJournalist; This is probably one of the most disgusting things I have ever heard. What possessed "Pepsi" to do this in the first place?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 30, 2012 8:14 PM ET USA

    How on earth does 1) an aborted cell help taste test and 2) anyone in the Pepsi universe think this was a good thing?

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 30, 2012 6:53 PM ET USA

    Thank you to everyone who wrote and called Pepsi about the desecration of these babies' remains. Everyone's persistance paid off and Pepsi made the right decision. God bless everyone involved in doing the right thing.