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Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing

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This story is absolutely appalling:

Catholic Fire: Gross: Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing

We need to boycott Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup Solae and Nestlé products. 

LifeSiteNews has the story:

Pepsico, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé are among the corporations partnered with a biotech company found using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers, according to a pro-life watchdog group.

The internationally recognized biotech company, Senomyx, boasts innovation and success in “flavour programs” designed to reduce MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products. Senomyx notes their collaborators provide them research and development funding plus royalties on sales of products using their flavor ingredients.

Pro-life watchdog group, Children of God for Life (CGL), has called upon the public to target the major corporations in a boycott, unless the company ceases to use aborted fetal cell lines in their product testing.

“Using isolated human taste receptors,” the Senomyx website claims, “we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”

“What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,” stated Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director for CGL, the watch dog group that has been monitoring the use of aborted fetal material in medical products and cosmetics for years.

“They could have easily chosen COS (monkey) cells, Chinese Hamster Ovary cells, insect cells or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors,” Vinnedge added.

Responses from major corporations to CGL’s letter campaign succeeded in warning the pro-life watchdog that these companies would need significant public pressure to admit involvement in and convince them of the need to change Senomyx’s unethical testing methods.

After three letters, Nestlé finally admitted the truth about their relationship with Senomyx, noting the cell line was “well established in scientific research”.

Pepsico wrote: “We hope you are reassured to learn that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers. This will help us achieve our commitment to reduce added sugar per serving by 25% in key brands in key markets over the next decade and ultimately help people live healthier lives.” 

“If enough people voice their outrage and intent to boycott these consumer products, it can be highly effective in convincing Senomyx to change their methods”, Vinnedge noted. “Otherwise, we will be buying Coca-Cola, Lipton soups and Hershey products!”

To contact the companies:

Kent Snyder, CEO
Senomyx
4767 Nexus Centre Drive
San Diego, California 92121
Email
Paul Bulcke, CEO
Nestlé USA
800 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Email

Jamie Caulfield, Sr.VP
PepsiCo, Inc.700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
Email

Irene Rosenfeld, CEO
Kraft Foods/Cadbury Chocolate
Three Lakes Drive
Northfield, IL 60093
Email

For more Information:

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Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing

Adherend Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells in ...
Adherend Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells in cell culture flask (phase contrast microscopic view). Image via Wikipedia.

This story is absolutely appalling:

Catholic Fire: Gross: Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing

We need to boycott Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup Solae and Nestlé products. 

LifeSiteNews has the story:

Pepsico, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé are among the corporations partnered with a biotech company found using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers, according to a pro-life watchdog group.

The internationally recognized biotech company, Senomyx, boasts innovation and success in “flavour programs” designed to reduce MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products. Senomyx notes their collaborators provide them research and development funding plus royalties on sales of products using their flavor ingredients.

Pro-life watchdog group, Children of God for Life (CGL), has called upon the public to target the major corporations in a boycott, unless the company ceases to use aborted fetal cell lines in their product testing.

“Using isolated human taste receptors,” the Senomyx website claims, “we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”

“What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,” stated Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director for CGL, the watch dog group that has been monitoring the use of aborted fetal material in medical products and cosmetics for years.

“They could have easily chosen COS (monkey) cells, Chinese Hamster Ovary cells, insect cells or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors,” Vinnedge added.

Responses from major corporations to CGL’s letter campaign succeeded in warning the pro-life watchdog that these companies would need significant public pressure to admit involvement in and convince them of the need to change Senomyx’s unethical testing methods.

After three letters, Nestlé finally admitted the truth about their relationship with Senomyx, noting the cell line was “well established in scientific research”.

Pepsico wrote: “We hope you are reassured to learn that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers. This will help us achieve our commitment to reduce added sugar per serving by 25% in key brands in key markets over the next decade and ultimately help people live healthier lives.” 

“If enough people voice their outrage and intent to boycott these consumer products, it can be highly effective in convincing Senomyx to change their methods”, Vinnedge noted. “Otherwise, we will be buying Coca-Cola, Lipton soups and Hershey products!”

To contact the companies:

Kent Snyder, CEO
Senomyx
4767 Nexus Centre Drive
San Diego, California 92121
Email
Paul Bulcke, CEO
Nestlé USA
800 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Email

Jamie Caulfield, Sr.VP
PepsiCo, Inc.700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
Email

Irene Rosenfeld, CEO
Kraft Foods/Cadbury Chocolate
Three Lakes Drive
Northfield, IL 60093
Email

For more Information:

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Prayer Request for Japanese Earthquake Victims

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TOKYO AP – A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japans recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile 2,100-kilometer stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles kilometers from the epicenter.

via News from The Associated Press.

More is yet to come as aftershocks persist and will certainly continue for some time. So as we continue to celebrate this season of Lent let us all take the time to pray those departed and for the survivors of this tragic natural disaster.

Prayer Request for Japanese Earthquake Victims

Vodpod videos no longer available.

TOKYO AP – A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japans recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile 2,100-kilometer stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles kilometers from the epicenter.

via News from The Associated Press.

More is yet to come as aftershocks persist and will certainly continue for some time. So as we continue to celebrate this season of Lent let us all take the time to pray those departed and for the survivors of this tragic natural disaster.

Sean Astin Speaks About the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible

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“…You get to certain passages about the Last Supper or the Crucifixion and I’ve heard them a lot in church and they were spoken by a priest.

And now the words that were being uttered by a priest to a congregation are coming through my eyes and sound! These massive ideas are being poured out and it gives you goose bumps sometimes. You’re portraying revealed truth!”

via Catholic Online: The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible – Sean Astin Talks of His Involvement.

USCCB: Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Archbishop Gomez to Succeed Him

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Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal presented his resignation upon having reached the age of 75. He is succeeded by Archbishop José H. Gomez, 59, until now coadjutor archbishop of the same see.

via USCCB – Office of Media Relations Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Coadjutor Archbishop Gomez Succeeds Him in Los Angeles.

The installation of the Archbishop Gomez should be a faith increasing boon for Los Angeles as the new Archbishop did marvelous things during his time as the Archbishop of San Antonio and as an auxiliary bishop of Denver.

Sean Astin Speaks About the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible

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“…You get to certain passages about the Last Supper or the Crucifixion and I’ve heard them a lot in church and they were spoken by a priest.

And now the words that were being uttered by a priest to a congregation are coming through my eyes and sound! These massive ideas are being poured out and it gives you goose bumps sometimes. You’re portraying revealed truth!”

via Catholic Online: The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible – Sean Astin Talks of His Involvement.

USCCB: Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Archbishop Gomez to Succeed Him

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the An...

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal presented his resignation upon having reached the age of 75. He is succeeded by Archbishop José H. Gomez, 59, until now coadjutor archbishop of the same see.

via USCCB – Office of Media Relations Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Coadjutor Archbishop Gomez Succeeds Him in Los Angeles.

The installation of the Archbishop Gomez should be a faith increasing boon for Los Angeles as the new Archbishop did marvelous things during his time as the Archbishop of San Antonio and as an auxiliary bishop of Denver.

Anti-Abortion Advocates Victorious in Virginia

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The Washington Post is reporting some positive news coming out of the Commonwealth of Virginia:

Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals

By Rosalind S. Helderman

The Virginia General Assembly has agreed that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals instead of physicians offices, a move that antiabortion activists have sought for almost two decades, insisting that it would improve clinic safety.

[Making this horrid procedure “safer” is something that I thought pro-abortion advocates desired especially in light of the recent, deadly scandals of back-alley-type botched abortions by “legit” providers. Unfortunately, what many of these advocates and abortionists seem to desire is to make money off the legal murder of innocent, defenseless babies.]

Abortion rights advocates say it will make the state one of the most restrictive for abortions in the country and could force as many as 17 of the state’s 21 abortion clinics to close.

[This is positive result of these new regulations.]

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has said he will sign the bill, which gives the state’s Board of Health 280 days from the law’s enactment to write new rules for clinics that perform at least five first-trimester abortions a month.

The bill’s passage came as the Democratic-led state Senate voted 20 to 20 Thursday to approve the measure after a lengthy and emotional debate. The tie was broken by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who cast his vote in favor of the bill. All 18 of the chamber’s Republicans backed the bill, as did two conservative Democrats.

[Bipartisan support for a move in the right direction.]

Antiabortion activists hailed the vote as the most significant victory they’ve achieved in Virginia in years. Abortion rights groups said they think the regulations will place an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s ability to get an abortion in Virginia, and pledged to sue.

[This is the problem with abortion. It is truly not about “privacy” but more about the sanctioning of murder. If it is legal then it cannot possibly be wrong. Thankfully the Church has always taught that just because a law exists it does not mean that it is morally correct. In such circumstances we are to follow our properly formed consciences in fighting and opposing such immoral and intrinsically evil legislation.]

The practical impact of the vote will rest heavily on guidelines ultimately approved by the Virginia Board of Health. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said she fears the worst, though the 15-member board is dominated by holdover appointments made by former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

rules that would require renovations that many clinics would find cost-prohibitive.

[These clinics are in the business of making money. And like any other (blood)money-making business, they will confirm to the regulations in order to continue their operation. However, Virginia will be a better state if many of these clinics close down thus becoming a step towards protecting women, babies and even men from this scourge.]

“I’m not thinking best-case scenario. I’m thinking worst-case scenario,” she said.

Antiabortion activists said those fears are overstated and insisted that they do not aim to shut down Virginia clinics.

[Well, that is my aim.]

Clinics that perform first-trimester abortions in Virginia are regulated similarly to doctor’s offices in which colonoscopies and cosmetic surgery are conducted. Antiabortion activists have long said that clinics need stiffer rules, more like those imposed on outpatient ambulatory surgical centers.

they have cited the case of a Philadelphia-area clinic recently shut down after authorities discovered a series of botched and illegal abortions; inspectors discovered containers of fetus parts.

In response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) fired state health department workers this month for not monitoring clinics more closely.

“These are health professionals who are going to promulgate appropriate regulations,” said Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, speaking about the state’s Board of Health. “It’s very typical of the other side that rather than fight what this bill does, they want to fight the biggest extreme of what this bill could be.”

The vote breaks a longstanding stalemate on abortion issues in the Virginia General Assembly, where bills to impose new regulations on abortion clinics have for years been approved by the GOP-led House of Delegates but killed by a Senate committee stacked with abortion rights supporters.

Indeed, the Senate’s Education and Health Committee has dispatched similar legislation this year. But in the waning days of this year’s legislative session, scheduled to conclude Saturday, Republican House members were able to use a parliamentary procedure to force a rare vote of the full Senate on the issue.

On Monday, Republicans slid a surprise amendment dealing with the abortion issue into a bill that had been approved by the Senate that requires hospitals and nursing homes to write policies on infection control.

[Realpolitik.]

That sent the issue directly to the floor of the Senate, where several conservative Democrats have always warned their leadership that they would vote with Republicans if ever forced to take a position on an abortion issue.

In August, Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken T. Cuccinelli (R) issued a legal opinion indicating that he thought the state’s Board of Health had the authority to regulate abortion clinics.

In the months since, however, the board has made no move to do so, and some antiabortion activists had been critical of McDonnell for not pressuring the board to do so.

Though McDonnell has not made abortion a major focus of his first 13 months in office, he was one of the legislature’s most vocal voices in opposition to the procedure when he served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has said he supports clinic regulations.

via Virginia Politics Blog – Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals.

Praise the Lord for such a victory! This is a step in the right direction for protecting the health of women and unborn children here in Virginia. The best part is that I actively participated in this action by means of interacting with my state delegate thanks to the initiative and efforts of the Virginia Catholic Conference, which “represents the public-policy interests of the Commonwealth’s two Catholic bishops and the dioceses of Richmond and Arlington:” Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde, respectively.

Anti-Abortion Advocates Victorious in Virginia

The state seal of Virginia.

The Washington Post is reporting some positive news coming out of the Commonwealth of Virginia:

Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals

By Rosalind S. Helderman

The Virginia General Assembly has agreed that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals instead of physicians offices, a move that antiabortion activists have sought for almost two decades, insisting that it would improve clinic safety.

[Making this horrid procedure “safer” is something that I thought pro-abortion advocates desired especially in light of the recent, deadly scandals of back-alley-type botched abortions by “legit” providers. Unfortunately, what many of these advocates and abortionists seem to desire is to make money off the legal murder of innocent, defenseless babies.]

Abortion rights advocates say it will make the state one of the most restrictive for abortions in the country and could force as many as 17 of the state’s 21 abortion clinics to close.

[This is positive result of these new regulations.]

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has said he will sign the bill, which gives the state’s Board of Health 280 days from the law’s enactment to write new rules for clinics that perform at least five first-trimester abortions a month.

The bill’s passage came as the Democratic-led state Senate voted 20 to 20 Thursday to approve the measure after a lengthy and emotional debate. The tie was broken by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who cast his vote in favor of the bill. All 18 of the chamber’s Republicans backed the bill, as did two conservative Democrats.

[Bipartisan support for a move in the right direction.]

Antiabortion activists hailed the vote as the most significant victory they’ve achieved in Virginia in years. Abortion rights groups said they think the regulations will place an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s ability to get an abortion in Virginia, and pledged to sue.

[This is the problem with abortion. It is truly not about “privacy” but more about the sanctioning of murder. If it is legal then it cannot possibly be wrong. Thankfully the Church has always taught that just because a law exists it does not mean that it is morally correct. In such circumstances we are to follow our properly formed consciences in fighting and opposing such immoral and intrinsically evil legislation.]

The practical impact of the vote will rest heavily on guidelines ultimately approved by the Virginia Board of Health. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said she fears the worst, though the 15-member board is dominated by holdover appointments made by former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

rules that would require renovations that many clinics would find cost-prohibitive.

[These clinics are in the business of making money. And like any other (blood)money-making business, they will confirm to the regulations in order to continue their operation. However, Virginia will be a better state if many of these clinics close down thus becoming a step towards protecting women, babies and even men from this scourge.]

“I’m not thinking best-case scenario. I’m thinking worst-case scenario,” she said.

Antiabortion activists said those fears are overstated and insisted that they do not aim to shut down Virginia clinics.

[Well, that is my aim.]

Clinics that perform first-trimester abortions in Virginia are regulated similarly to doctor’s offices in which colonoscopies and cosmetic surgery are conducted. Antiabortion activists have long said that clinics need stiffer rules, more like those imposed on outpatient ambulatory surgical centers.

they have cited the case of a Philadelphia-area clinic recently shut down after authorities discovered a series of botched and illegal abortions; inspectors discovered containers of fetus parts.

In response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) fired state health department workers this month for not monitoring clinics more closely.

“These are health professionals who are going to promulgate appropriate regulations,” said Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, speaking about the state’s Board of Health. “It’s very typical of the other side that rather than fight what this bill does, they want to fight the biggest extreme of what this bill could be.”

The vote breaks a longstanding stalemate on abortion issues in the Virginia General Assembly, where bills to impose new regulations on abortion clinics have for years been approved by the GOP-led House of Delegates but killed by a Senate committee stacked with abortion rights supporters.

Indeed, the Senate’s Education and Health Committee has dispatched similar legislation this year. But in the waning days of this year’s legislative session, scheduled to conclude Saturday, Republican House members were able to use a parliamentary procedure to force a rare vote of the full Senate on the issue.

On Monday, Republicans slid a surprise amendment dealing with the abortion issue into a bill that had been approved by the Senate that requires hospitals and nursing homes to write policies on infection control.

[Realpolitik.]

That sent the issue directly to the floor of the Senate, where several conservative Democrats have always warned their leadership that they would vote with Republicans if ever forced to take a position on an abortion issue.

In August, Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken T. Cuccinelli (R) issued a legal opinion indicating that he thought the state’s Board of Health had the authority to regulate abortion clinics.

In the months since, however, the board has made no move to do so, and some antiabortion activists had been critical of McDonnell for not pressuring the board to do so.

Though McDonnell has not made abortion a major focus of his first 13 months in office, he was one of the legislature’s most vocal voices in opposition to the procedure when he served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has said he supports clinic regulations.

via Virginia Politics Blog – Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals.

Praise the Lord for such a victory! This is a step in the right direction for protecting the health of women and unborn children here in Virginia. The best part is that I actively participated in this action by means of interacting with my state delegate thanks to the initiative and efforts of the Virginia Catholic Conference, which “represents the public-policy interests of the Commonwealth’s two Catholic bishops and the dioceses of Richmond and Arlington:” Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde, respectively.