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PepsiCo Foundation donates $500K to flood relief efforts in Pakistan

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. The charitable arm of PepsiCo will donate $500,000 to disaster relief efforts in Pakistan, following recent flash and river flooding.

In support of the United Nations World Food Program, the PepsiCo Foundation’s disaster relief partner, $250,000 initially will be directed to the WFP’s emergency and special operations already in place in Pakistan. The funds will help provide humanitarian aid, including supplies and food assistance.

“PepsiCo is committed to helping the people of Pakistan persevere through this extraordinary ordeal,” said Saad Abdul-Latif, CEO of PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa. “Our friends and partners at the World Food Program will ensure that our contribution will help immediately where it is needed most, while additional relief aid from the PepsiCo Foundation as well as donations from PepsiCo employees around the world will be put to the best possible use by our team on the ground in Pakistan.”

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DPS announces quarterly dividend

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday of 25 cents per share on the company’s common stock.

The dividend is payable in U.S. dollars on Oct. 8 to shareholders of record on Sept. 20. 

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Persica gum may boost periodontal health

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON A new study has found that chewing gum with Persica extracts may fight bacteria and improve periodontal health.

Although Persica extracts have been examined for their oral health benefits, the clinical effects of gum containing the extract had not been investigated, authors of a study published in the international journal Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practice said.

Examining 72 cases of plaque-induced moderate gingivitis, subjects either were given gum with Persica extracts or a placebo gum to chew for two weeks. Although seven patients from the Persica group and five from the placebo group were excluded due to complaints of irritation, the effects of extract chewing gum was statistically significant in reduction of gingival and bleeding indexes but not for the plaque index in Persica groups, compared with the placebo groups in the days of 7 and 14 after the beginning of trial. Persica extract chewing gum had a considerable effect on GI, and BI.

The authors concluded that the use of Salvadora persica extract chewing gum may promote periodontal health, stating that “the use of Persica containing chewing gum in comparison to placebo gum has a strong effect on gingival inflammation and gingival bleeding.”

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