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Petitioning Associate Director of Consumer Relations Kim McMiller and 1 other
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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!

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


Letter to
Associate Director of Consumer Relations Kim McMiller
Executive Vice President, Global Food Technology Jean Spence
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Kraft Foods.

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Stop the use of flavor enhancers developed using aborted fetus cells.

I understand Kraft Foods has contracted with Senomyx to research and/or use their flavor enhancement ingredient developed using the HEK-293 (Human Embryonic Kidney) cell line. While I understand the actual cells are not known to be physically present in the flavor enhancer itself, the close association with aborted fetal tissue and my food/beverage products is revolting.

Furthermore, I'm aware there are several non-human alternative cells that could be used just as easily and effectively in the research, development, and production of these flavor enhancers.

I am signing this petition because I am a human being with moral and/or ethical objections to this use of aborted fetal tissue and wish to express my displeasure and disgust toward Kraft Foods for choosing to use this repulsive practice in preparing my current and/or future food and beverage products.

As a customer of yours, I want Kraft Foods to immediately discontinue the research and/or use of any HEK-293 related ingredients in the products you control the formulation and/or manufacture of. I also stringently request that you sever ties with Senomyx and all other companies involved in the use of human tissue in the research, development and manufacture of ingredients for your products.

I also request Kraft Foods makes a clear, public statement regarding the level of your involvement with Senomyx and which products are currently or maybe affected by this relationship in the future.

If this practice does not stop immediately and Kraft Foods fails to sever ties with Senomyx and other companies involved in using human aborted fetus tissue for research and development purposes, my next step will be to boycott all Kraft Foods and affiliated branded products indefinitely until I can be sure what is going into the products I purchase from you.
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Sincerely,