Tuesday, May 15, 2012

24:15 Senomyx Green: Pepsi Gets Ethical

Remember the kerfuffle regarding Senomyx and big name food companies testing flavor enhancers on fetal cell lines?

 PepsiCo is the latest company to reject the use of human tissue or cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses.

After a year of denials and semantic evasions, PepsiCo’s VP of Global Public Policy, Paul Boykas stated in a letter to COGFL dated 26 April 2012 that “Senomyx will not use HEK cells or any other tissues or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetuses for research performed on behalf of PepsiCo.”

PepsiCo recognized the controversial subject was not in the best interests of PepsiCo and acted accordingly.

“We took the matter very seriously,” stated Mr. Boykas. “We have an official Statement on Responsible Research and we intend to live by that policy.”

You can see PepsiCo’s brand new Ethical Research statement here.
PepsiCo’s Responsible Research Statement
PepsiCo’s research processes and those of our partners are confidential for competitive reasons. However, PepsiCo does not conduct or fund research – including research funded by PepsiCo but performed by third parties – that utilizes any human tissue or cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses.
If you check the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine), you will be able to confirm that the policy did not appear on PepsiCo’s website as far back as December 21, 2010. So it is, in fact, new.

Now you can enjoy your PepsiCo products with a clear conscience with regards to this issue.  Write to thank them!

So you see it isn’t all doom and gloom. Prayers, petitions, and standing up for what we believe in can result in a more ethical society.

Keep the Faith!

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