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Catharine Huddle

Catharine Huddle

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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Kentucky health officials respond aggressively to Hepatitis A

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… Continue Reading

Food safety in the United Kingdom may take a hit with Brexit

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… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A: Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Michigan and Canada

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… Continue Reading

Frozen vegetable plant reopening 2 years after deadly outbreak

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… Continue Reading

New Zealand officials remind people of the dangers of raw milk

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… Continue Reading

Don’t eat that meat without taking its temperature

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… Continue Reading

More fraud in Brazil food industry; labs falsified pathogen tests

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… Continue Reading

CDC issues new warning on Salmonella in kratom; 12 more sick

An investigation update on a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to kratom supplements reports a dozen more people are sick, with seven new states involved. The initial report  on Feb. 20 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 28 people across 20 states were confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b. Forty-five percent… Continue Reading