In early March, we took part in breaking the news that Pepsi was contracted with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses fetal remains from an aborted baby to test food flavors. It’s a complicated issue, but you can read more about it here and here.
In short, however, Pepsi has decided that it will “no longer contract” with the firm, according to LifeNews.com. This is great news for millions of pro-life Americans, not to mention the thousands who contacted the food and beverage giant asking them to end their contract with Senomyx.
Update: Pepsi has not officially “dumped” Senomyx, but has altered its contract with the company to insure no cell lines derived from HEK 293 or any other fetal remains are used in flavor testing. PepsiCo VP of Global Public Policy, Paul Boykas, stated that, “We took the matter very seriously…We have an official Statement on Responsible Research and we intend to live by that policy.”
For many pro-lifers, this marks the end of a boycott of PepsiCo products.
We applaud Pepsi for making the right decision. There is absolutely no moral justification for the use of aborted fetal remains for food and beverage taste-testing. We encourage pro-life citizens to contact Pepsi and thank them. Write, call, or email the company using the contact information below.
Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
Email form: http://cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?time=5189878
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.