October 24, 2020

The Niche

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Pepsi responds to fake stem cell issue

pepsi logoThe venerable, unbiased website, LifeNews.com, reports that Pepsi has responded to the claims that there are fetal stem cells in their beverage and/or that Pepsi uses fetal stem cells for research. Pepsi responded that there are no fetal cells in any Pepsi products and further is quoted:

“Thank you for contacting us at PepsiCo. There are no stem cells, cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses, or fetal tissues in any PepsiCo products. The integrity of our products is critical to PepsiCo, and we use only ingredients that meet all FDA and other regulatory standards. Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.”

This whole “controversy”, invented by anti-choice, anti-stem cell research extremists has generated a lot of confusion. In previous blogs posts, I’ve sought to set the record straight on this manufactured controversy with posts such as Stem Cells in my Pepsi?, Stem cell myths: from Pepsi to Obama & snowflake babies, and SEC rules in favor of Pepsi on bogus stem cell propaganda.

The bottom line is that there are no stem cells in Pepsi and in fact the cells in question, 293T, are not even stem cells. They are kidney progenitor cells.

The anti-choice, anti-stem cell folks seem to have delusions of grandeur of their manufactured, fake controversy as their article says:

LifeNews contacted Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, the organization that exposed the PepsiCo- Senomyx collaboration last year, for a response.

“Pepsi is in panic mode it seems,” she said. “They have been contacting media outlets telling them that they are not funding any research using cells or tissues from embryos or aborted fetuses, however this is pure deception on their part.”

While I don’t believe that Pepsi is in a panic, they are rightfully trying to set the record straight. In contrast, the nuts on the other side are spreading more propaganda.

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