Hey Kraft Foods, stop researching and/or using aborted fetus cell flavor enhancers!
  • Petitioned Kim McMiller

This petition was delivered to:

Associate Director of Consumer Relations
Kim McMiller
Executive Vice President, Global Food Technology
Jean Spence

Hey Kraft Foods, stop researching and/or using aborted fetus cell flavor enhancers!

    1. Lonnie Rhyne
    2. Petition by

      Lonnie Rhyne

      Buda, TX

Kraft Foods has contracted with a company called Senomyx to either research and/or use their flavor enhancement ingredient developed using the HEK-293 (Human Embryonic Kidney) cell line.  It is currently unclear whether HEK-293 developed ingredients are being used in Kraft's products because they refuse to respond and clear the matter up.  While the actual cells are not known to be physically present in the flavor enhancer itself, the close association with aborted fetal tissue and food/beverage products is revolting, to say the least.
• The HEK-293 cell line was originated with a healthy aborted fetus in the 1970’s.
• These cells have been kept “alive” and reproducing by periodically changing out the nutrition medium (broth) they are cultured in.
• The cells are used as a kind of test tube to produce a certain protein that alerts Senomyx scientists that the flavor enhancer they are working on has “developed” to the right taste response they are looking to produce with the product.
• Kraft Foods has contracted/partnered with Senomyx to research and produce flavor enhancing additives possibly being used in Kraft and affiliated brand products currently on the market as well as future products.
• The use of human products in food is illegal, morally, and ethically wrong. Kraft Foods and Senomyx are able to get away with this disgusting process because they claim that no human cells are passed from the development of the flavor enhancement to the actual consumed product.
• Senomyx and Kraft Foods have the option to use several non-human alternative cells to produce the desired results, but have chosen to use artificially “living” aborted human fetus cells instead. Why?

Regardless of where we stand on the abortion issue, as decent human beings, we must collectively object to this use of aborted fetal tissue and sign this petition to express our displeasure and disgust toward Kraft Foods for choosing to use this repulsive practice in preparing our food and beverage products.

View articles regarding this issue:

Pepsi shareholders demand company stop using aborted fetal cell lines in flavor research

Products and Companies That Use Aborted Fetuses

Pepsi Uses Aborted Fetal Cells In Flavor Enhancers

Senomyx Patent for Flavor Enhancers

SENOMYX, SWEETER THAN SWEET; SALTIER THAN SALT; MORE SOUR THAN AN ABORTED FETUS

Senomyx Flavor Programs - From their own website

Recent signatures

    News

    1. HEK-293 Human Aborted Fetus Cell Line in Food Makes National Headlines

      Lonnie Rhyne
      Petition Organizer

      Oklahoma introduced a bill that prohibits the manufacture or sale of “food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients.”

      See more at ABCNEWS.com

    2. ABC NEWS - Bill Would Ban Aborted Fetuses in Food

      Lonnie Rhyne
      Petition Organizer

      This story is finally going mainstream. Please pass this around to everyone you know and if you haven't signed all three (Kraft, Nestle, PepsiCo) petitions yet, please do! Thank you for your efforts to spread the word. We are a small group, but our actions are beggining to turn ripples into waves!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. PepsiCo found using HEK-293 flavor enhancer in their products!

      Lonnie Rhyne
      Petition Organizer

      A new petition has been created to let PepsiCo know that we cannot accept their use of the HEK-293 aborted fetus cell flavor enhancer as an ingredient in their products. Sign this petition and make a stand now while we have a chance to stop it!

    5. Nestle found using HEK-293 flavor enhancer product as well!

      Lonnie Rhyne
      Petition Organizer

      A new petition has been created to let Nestle know that we cannot accept their use of the HEK-293 aborted fetus cell flavor enhancer as an ingredient in their products. Sign this petition and make a stand now while we have a chance to stop it!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Herrington MARBLE FALLS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      This is in every way wrong. This makes us no better than what the Nazi's did with people as guinea pigs.

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    • charlotte Palmateer PERRY HALL, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      This is the most Repulsive abomination against these precious murdered children and Our Almighty God. My family and I ban all these products

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    • Corin Neff YORK, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is disgusting and evil. We have to get them to stop doing this. It's like taking babies, grounding them up, and using them like one would use salt and pepper, then saying "Oh, anything to make it taste better!"

      What if you went to dinner at a friends house and they did that? Would you stay for dinner? Sounds like some of the people in these companies are capable of doing that...it needs to stop.

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    • Tamara Rodriguez DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Its disturbing!

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    • Susan Genovese NORWALK, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I a pro-life and I will not eat anything Kraft makes again or associated with until I know Kraft is not associated with researching and/or using aborted fetus cell flavor enhancers! I pray for you all and for all those children that did not get the opportunities you have.

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