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Meat tests show no E. coli

August 30, 1997

INWOOD, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., woman did not die from tainted hamburger, a West Virginia epidemiologist said Friday.

The state laboratory examined the hamburger taken from the home of Roxann Pearrell, who died Aug. 20.

Her family had believed the 34-year-old woman had died from eating tainted hamburger, but an autopsy showed she died of a massive coronary, said epidemiologist Loretta Haddy.

The lab tested the hamburger and also reviewed information from the autopsy report, Haddy said.

Haddy said there was no sign of the specific E. coli bacteria that was associated with the Hudson Foods hamburger meat.

She said there have been no E. coli-related ailments in West Virginia since the meat recall earlier this month.

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