Just like many of our readers, I read a lot of different news articles. I heard PepsiCo joined with Senomyx, Inc. If you don’t know, they reportedly use cells and tissues from aborted babies to discover and develop new flavor enhancers. Is it true? I began to research to find out.
It was very confusing at first. I stumbled across a lot of conspiracy, doomsday prepper blogs and news sources stating that we’ve ingested aborted babies. I usually don’t pay any attention to these types of sources. However, Natural News (with more than 7 million readers) posted articles admitting the same thing. I couldn’t believe it.
I had to dig deeper.
It baffled me to think how could this company get their products (sweetmyx, bittermyx, savorymyx) approved with the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) identification if aborted fetal cells were really added to their products. I made it my goal to dig as deep as I could. I needed to find out all that I could about this company. That way, I could debunk whether or not we were really consuming aborted fetuses.
Every time you purchase mass-produced processed “food” from the likes of Kraft, PepsiCo, or Nestle, you’re choosing, whether you realize it or not, to feed your family not only genetically engineered poisons and chemical additives, but also various flavoring agents manufactured using the tissue of aborted human babies.
And Senomyx has admittedly partnered with a number of major food manufacturers to lace its cannibalistic additives into all sorts of factory foods scarfed down by millions of American consumers every single day.
But because these ingredients can be legally disguised with vague descriptors like “artificial flavors” and even “natural flavors,” most consumers have no idea that these additives, in some cases, are actually made using the cell tissue of unborn babies that were murdered through abortion.
Who and What is Senomyx?
Senomyx is a biotechnology company that dates back to 1998, with their proposal to offer common stock to the public in 2004. Senomyx, Inc. established contracts with leading companies. They include The Coca-Cola Company, Nestle S.A., Kraft Foods Global, and Campbell Soup Company (Business Agreement Terminated Prior to 2011) prior to their proposal in 2004.
The company specializes in making flavor enhancers. They help substitute or replace high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose, msg, sodium, etc. World domineering companies such as Nestle S.A. highly value their relationship with Senomyx, Inc. as Senomyx offers them a way to continue to market their products but with reduced levels of sodium, sugar or other ingredients.
On the surface, Senomyx is a company that at first glance seems to be the answer to unhealthy processed diets. According to the Health Focus International Study of 2008, page three states only 37% of 10,480 men and women interviewed were willing to compromise on the taste of products to lead a healthier lifestyle. Large companies want to start offering healthier options to consumers. With Senomyx, they can offer similar products that consumers love. But, they have reduced sodium, sugar, and other ingredients while still tasting the same.
Their website boasts good intentions, but is Senomyx too good to be true?
As much as their intent may be desirable, the flavor enhancers they produce and how they produce them cannot possibly be the answer. The discovery and testing of new flavor enhancers is a very extensive process. Senomyx takes the cell line from aborted fetus tissue (HEK293) and uses it as a “protein or protein vessel” (Doss).
HEK293 is the specific name for the cell line. Alex Van der Eb developed the HEK293 during the 1970s in his lab in Holland (Miami News-Times).
Gwen Rosenberg, VP of investor relations and corporate communications for Senomyx, describes it as “robotic tasting system.”
Five areas divide the human tongue in which the tongue can only taste five flavors. These five sections are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and glutamate.
Senomyx has developed a system that mimics how the human tongue tastes food. In laboratory tests, they have numerous amounts of small trays, filled with tiny indentations. Tests then implant protein—or rather the cell line—from an aborted fetus into one of the tiny indentations. They then add a flavor to the indentation. If the protein reacts with the flavor, then that flavor moves into the next stage of testing.
Life News shared an article in 2012 about PepsiCo’s statement and termination with the process of using HEK293, although there have not been statements from Senomyx’s other collaborations on Senomyx’s use of HEK293 in development of flavor enhancers.
“Senomyx will not use HEK cells or any other tissues or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetuses for research performed on behalf of PepsiCo,” Paul Boykas, PepsiCo’s VP of Global Public Policy, said in a letter.
Is It Safe?
The biggest concern about Senomyx’s new line of flavor enhancers is whether or not it is really safe for consumers. Now we know Senomyx does not use aborted fetus cells for flavor enhancers. But, I still have the question of which chemicals and artificial ingredients develop Senomyx’s new products.
The Weston A. Price Foundation states:
According to a New York Times article, because very small amounts of the additives are used (reportedly less than one part per million) Senomyx’s chemicals have not undergone the FDA’s usual safety approval process for food additives. Senomyx’s MSG-enhancer gained the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status from the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA), an industry-funded organization, in less than eighteen months, which included three months of tests on rats. Senomyx maintains that their products are safe to eat simply because they are used in such tiny quantities.
SQF Level 3 certification includes a comprehensive review of all food safety programs in place at Senomyx, as well as a formal validation of the quality systems in place to maintain the certification.
“Achieving SQF Level 3 certification reflects the high level of commitment Senomyx has to providing its customers with flavor ingredients of superior quality and performance. This certification, along with a successful US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit and a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) certification as a registered food processor previously received by the company, continue to demonstrate our dedication to quality. The entire team did an excellent job in developing, implementing and maintaining our systems to achieve these results.” said Ken Simone, Vice President, Supply Chain at Senomyx.
Senomyx’s Intellectual Property Portfolio Includes 230 Issued Patents in the U.S., Europe, and Numerous Other Countries
As of year-end (2011), Senomyx was the owner or exclusive licensee of 230 issued patents and several hundred pending patent applications in the U.S., Europe, and numerous other countries. The Company’s patents and patent applications include claims regarding the use of human taste receptors related to sweet, umami (savory), bitter, and other taste sensations for the discovery of novel flavor ingredients, as well as composition and usage claims for new flavor ingredients.
The scary thing is no one knows (other than those directly dealing with Senomyx) what’s really in these flavor enhancers. We also don’t know exactly which products the public consumes. However, Senomyx declares:
Millions of consumers across the globe have enjoyed the taste and health benefits of our flavor ingredients in a wide range of product categories including tea, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages, dairy products, soups and sauces, cereals and baked goods.
Since our first flavor ingredient was used in a consumer product in 2007, six Senomyx flavor ingredients have been introduced and commercialized by food companies. This includes three sweet taste boosters, as well as two savory flavors, and a bitter blocker. These consumer products have been marketed in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.
It’s hard to believe that we may have ingested some food that uses Senomyx’s flavor enhancers. We need to know the ingredients and extensive long-term effects. Until then, we should avoid products from the four companies that partner with Senomyx: PepsiCo, Nestle S.A., Firmenich Inc., and Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
The Money Behind Senomyx
It’s interesting to follow the money trail behind Senomyx. Not only is Senomyx paid to conduct research by top name brand foods, such as Pepsico, Kraft, and Nestle, to develop and discover new flavor enhancers (PepsiCo and Senomyx Reach New Research Agreement to Discover New Salt Flavor Enhancers, 2014). They also pay royalties based on how many of their partner companies sell products that contain their artificially-engineered flavors.
According to Senomyx’s First Quarterly Financial Statement of 2015,
At March 31, 2015, Senomyx held $25.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments available-for-sale…
For the full year 2015, Senomyx continues to expect:
Total revenues of approximately $25 million to $30 million, of which approximately $7 million to $10 million are commercial revenues with gross margin percentage between 80% and 90%
Senomyx ended the first quarter with $25.1 million in cash and no debt, as well as $17.2 million in committed future development payments from its collaborators. In addition, Senomyx will receive commercial payments and it has significant milestone payment opportunities under existing collaborations. Based on current Senomyx operating plan assumptions, including recent information on the anticipated timing of Sweetmyx S617 commercialization by its partners and the revenue ramp-up of its direct sales effort, the Company expects to achieve initial profitability in the second half of 2016.
After the contract between Nestle and Senomyx was signed in 2007, stocked soared up 16%, with closing prices $15.69 per share. Beginning stock value was at $2.20. Today the beginning value of Senomyx stock is around $5.50.
Leading stockholders – More to Come Later
Many companies seek to gain from the profits of new flavor enhancers.
Companies like PepsiCo and Nestle S.A. seek to gain over competitors. To do so, they boast products like “reduced sugar”, “reduced sodium”, “no msg”, etc. Sales profits and stocks increase when consumers believe they eat or drink a healthier product.
The Weston A Price Foundation carries skepticism. They believe that the bottom line is what’s important. Companies only want to decrease the cost of goods for increased profits. Shareholders only care about stock prices and investment potential.
Processed and packaged foods represent an enormous industry that includes blue-chip companies like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. These companies don’t really sell foods, of course; they market commodities. Their products aren’t produced with human nourishment in mind. The manufacturers’ number one goal is profit.
At Going2Natural, we are about people, not profit. Therefore I felt compelled to share this information about Senomyx. It’s important to know what we are feeding ourselves and our children. It’s important to know how large corporations deceive us. They do so telling us they have our best interests at heart, not their pockets. Yet, the opposite is true.