SIRC Media Watch Archive
Panics and Scares – October 2003

Pets pose a health risk. You thought owning a pet was good for you, right? The purring cat you stroked to calm your nerves at the end of a hard day, or the dog who was not only your loyal friend but your personal trainer as well. The latest medical research says you may be barking up the wrong tree. Herald Sun

Bitter blend: Blair blames Continental coffee. Tony Blair believes that he may have triggered his heart scare by drinking too much strong continental coffee at the European Union summit in Brussels last week. Independent.

Bacteria in bottled mineral water blamed for 6,000 cases of food poisoning a year. Bottled mineral water may be responsible for thousands of cases of food poisoning, a study suggests. Researchers say up to 6,000 infections a year by the bug campylobacter, the biggest cause of food-borne infection in Britain, could be traced to the bottled waters that are a regular part of many Britons' diet. Independent