Thursday, March 31, 2011

Boycott Update...See Below

Response from Pepsico,
Dear Debra,
Thank you for contacting us to share your sincere concerns. Please know that we take very seriously the issues you raised. PepsiCo has a strong set of defined values we strive to live up to.
Unfortunately, there is some misinformation being circulated related to research techniques that have been used for decades by universities, hospitals, government agencies, and private companies around the world. These claims are meant to suggest that human fetal tissue is somehow used in our research. That is both inaccurate and something we would never do or even consider.
It also is inaccurate to suggest that tissue or cells somehow are being used as product ingredients. That’s dangerous, unethical and against the law. Every ingredient in every one of our products is reviewed and approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
We hope this information is helpful and reassuring. Thank you again for reaching out to us and allowing us to clarify the situation.
Sol Moledo
Senior Consumer Relations Representative
Although this seems like good news, Solae is still listed in Senomyx's site as a keep those emails going!
Ok, so I posted yesterday about a boycott from several companies who use a taste developement company to test their products using aborted fetal taste receptors. Campbells soup has discontinued their assosiation and I received this letter from Jennifer Starkey at Solae. It really does help to email the companies and ask them politely to stop their involvement. Follow this link to email the remaining companies which include, Nestle, Kraft, and Pepsico.


Thank you for contacting Solae with your concerns on this issue. Solae does not currently have an active relationship with Senomyx nor do we have any future plans for one at this time.

Our recent recognition by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the “World’s Most Ethical” companies for the second year in a row signifies how seriously we take ethical business practices both at Solae and with our collaborative partners. While we cannot speak to what Senomyx may or may not be doing to test food flavor enhancers, we can confirm that we are not involved in this for our products.

We live by four core values at Solae which include ethical behavior, respect for people, safety and health and environmental stewardship. We take all of these very seriously, and expect the same out of our innovation partners.

At Solae, we provide quality, nutritious soy-based ingredients for food and beverage companies to create healthy, great-tasting products.

Jennifer Starkey

Solae, LLC

Global Communications

Although this seems like good news, Solae is still listed in Senomyx's site as a keep those emails going!

Response from Nestle:

Dear Ms. Rohr,
Thank you for contacting NestlĂ©®.
We appreciate your comments and will report your concerns.
We appreciate your interest and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.
Tiffany Smith
Consumer Response Representative
Ref: N18604770


  1. I saw all the news about this yesterday but haven't had time to blog about it yet or even send any emails. So glad you did! I was eating some strawberry cream cheese today and noticed it is a Kraft product and somehow it just doesn't taste as good anymore. :( Maybe Kraft will come around also. Thanks Debi for being such a wonderful women of strong principle who takes action when it is necessary!

  2. I wish I could say I always take action;)

  3. Debi, I got the exact same response from Solae. I wonder how they were tied to Semonyx in the first place then. I emailed back and asked her why she thinks people got the idea they were involved with eachother. The words "currently" and "active" make me wondered if we're not getting the entire story. Call me a cynic...

  4. Monica, I emailed Children of God with my email from's what they said,

    Wow...finally met someone who spells their name the same way I do! :-)
    We got the same response from Solae - so I wrote back to advise them that
    if they are no longer affiliated with Senomyx, they need to contact their
    management because Senomyx lists them as a current partner and
    I won't take them off the boycott list until something changes on Senomyx
    website since it is entirely possible that they are not telling the truth.
    Nestle tried to cover the truth at first and then finally admitted it, so
    I do not trust these folks for one minute."
    God bless you always,
    Debi Vinnedge
    Children of God for Life

    So, I will update my post to keep the messages going to Solae.

  5. Interesting. I debated about sending the response to Debi V., I'm glad you did. Like I said, it was a nice response, but I'm still skeptical...