Catharine Huddle

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Catharine Huddle is a long-time Lincoln, NE, journalist. She started her career at the Lincoln Journal in 1978, moving from the “death and weather girl” position to a reporter for the city desk to covering the state’s prison system. She was eventually promoted to weekend editor/assistant city editor for the newspaper, which is now known as the Journal Star.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in political science and awards including the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association, the Thomas C. Sorensen Award and numerous Associated Press honors. She also has taught communications and journalism classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Huddle took a buyout from Journal Star owner Lee Enterprises in March 2017 and now works as a freelance editor and writer.

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Like extension offices at land grant universities across the country, Penn State Extension offers classes on topics that include food safety. But the public research university is taking it a big step further. With a trial run in Armenia completed, Penn State wants to take its Extension Service’s food safety program international to combat conditions that lead to nearly one in 10 people worldwide getting sick each year from eating contaminated food. That’s 600 million people.…
Editor’s note: This is the companion story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The main story describes the ongoing, multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A and how states are addressing it. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts, which are not reflected on accompanying maps. Food-related outbreaks of Hepatitis A are often associated with contamination of food during…
Editor’s note: This is the main story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The companion story includes additional information about Hepatitis A and a state-by-state breakdown of Hepatitis A cases. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts, which are reflected in this news story but not on accompanying maps. In recent months, these headlines popped up in…
Public health officials in Kentucky are responding agressively to a Hepatitis A outbreak, and Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting director of the state health department issued a statement Friday saying it’s still safe to travel to Kentucky. Howard mentioned the May 5 Kentucky Derby and urged people to come on down to Churchill Downs. “As you probably know, a small number of counties in our state are dealing with a Hepatitis A outbreak,” Howard said. “At the…
Some experts worry that weakening already overstretched institutions responsible for ensuring food safety in Great Britain will lead to unsafe food as the country prepares to finalize its exit from the European Union. Brexit means the UK will need a stronger Food Safety Agency, they say, because the country will no longer be able to rely upon on the European Food Safety Authority, according to a report in The Conversation. The UK is scheduled to depart…
Indiana health officials have confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A, including one restaurant worker. In Louisville, KY, officials say two more food handlers there have been diagnosed with the liver infection. The food handlers could have exposed the public to the highly contagious virus. There is a narrow window of opportunity for exposed customers and fellow employees to receive post-exposure treatment. If it is not administered within two weeks of exposure it is not effective.…
A former Pasco, WA, vegetable processing plant shut down last year after a deadly Listeria outbreak is reopening under new ownership and a new name. The plant was owned by CRF Frozen Foods and is set to reopen as a new joint venture between J.R. Simplot and CRF’s parent company, R.D. Offutt, according to the Tri-City Herald newspaper. The company’s new name will be Simplot RDO. The company has said it’s shooting for a spring reopening,…
New Zealand’s government is reminding people to be aware of the risks that come with drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. The country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) posted the consumer notice recently, citing recalls. “We have seen a number of recent recalls of raw milk and it’s important that consumers remember and understand that there are risks with drinking raw milk,” MPI Animal and Animal Products Director Paul Dansted said in a the notice. Raw milk has…
How do you tell if the meat or poultry you’re cooking is done? Some professional cooks say they can squeeze a piece of chicken or poke a steak with their finger and determine if it’s done. Some people go by cooking time, and some by appearance. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urge cooks to take the temperature of the turkey, beef or pork they’ve got…
Brazilian police made new arrests this week in an investigation into a meat scandal that erupted last year. This time the target of “Operation Weak Flesh” is laboratories accused of covering up salmonella in products from food giant BRF SA, also known as Brazil Foods. “The investigation showed that five laboratories and the company’s analysis departments falsified results” shown to health inspectors, federal police said in a statement reported by New Vision news. Brazilian Agriculture…