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Crystal Pepsi has become a household name once again after the beverage giant relaunched the product first introduced in the 1990s. But along with the reintroduction of the colorless soda, controversies surrounding it have resurfaced.
One of the most striking controversies about the Crystal Pepsi involves the reports claiming that cells aborted babies are used as an additive to the product. These controversies resulted to mass demonstrations and boycotts from a pro-life group, calling on Pepsi to abandon such moves, Natural News reported.
Aborted Fetus in Crystal Pepsi?
It can be recalled that in 2011, a similar controversy broke out when it was revealed that PepsiCo had sought the services of a third-party firm, Senomyx, to develop flavor-enhancing chemicals using embryonic kidney tissues.
But there has been no direct evidence to prove that Pepsi is using embryonic tissue in any of its products. However, it is alleged that Pepsi once considered the possibility of using cells in developing artificial flavor when it entered into an agreement with Senomyx, as what LifeSiteNews reported in 2012.
The $30 million contract between Pepsi and Synomyx, which lasted four years, signaled a research and development project between the beverage giant and biotech firm. The controversial HEK-293, which was derived from the kidney tissue of aborted babies, was never proven to be used in the beverages.
Human Embryonic Hidney Cell
On a June 3, 2011 article by CBS News, 7 of 77-patented products of Senomyx refer to HEK or human embryonic kidney cell. This, according to the report, suggested that the company has been actively using HEK in some of its products. But after a year of mass demonstrations and boycotting, Pepsi has finally given in. By April 2012, it announced that it would no longer use HEK in any of its products, the Washington Times reported.