Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced a bill that would ban "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses."
OMG, why? Is there really fetal / cannibalistic food being served in Oklahoma? What inspired Shortey to draft this Bill?
According to NPR the senator claims "that his research shows there are companies in the food industry that have used human stem cells to help them research and develop products, including artificial flavorings."
NPR did some research of their own to figure out who someone could come up with such a looney conclusion. They're pretty sure this is the what Shortey is talking about:
–> PepsiCo has worked with flavor research firm Senomyx to develop sweeteners.
–> In 2003 Senomyx got a patent for automated taste test thingy.
–> The patent research mentions a (singular) Human Embryonic Kidney cell.
Conclusion (if you're the senator): WE'RE EATING HUMAN BAYBAYS!!!!!!!!
In what does Pepsi have to say for themselves?? PepsiCo consumer relations representative Margaret Corsi says that the claims they use human fetal tissue is somehow their research is "both inaccurate and something we would never do or even consider. That's dangerous, unethical and against the law."
For now you can eat and drink PepsiCo products without worrying about eating a fetus, but you still may want to count your calories!