updated 8/31/2007 5:36:20 PM ET 2007-08-31T21:36:20

State health officials are urging people to check freezers for possibly tainted ground beef.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that some shipments of ground beef sold in Alaska may be tainted with E. coli.

To date, eight confirmed cases have caused illnesses in the Pacific Northwest and one suspected case is being investigated in Alaska, a prepared statement from the Alaska Department of Health said.

Officials said the products are:

  • 16-ounce packages of "Northwest Finest 7% fat Natural Ground Beef." The label bears a UPC code of "752907 600127."
  • 16-ounce packages of "Northwest Finest 10% fat, Organic Ground Beef."

Each package bears the establishment number, "Est. 965," inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a sell-by date between Aug. 1 and Aug. 11.

The ground beef products were produced between July 19 and July 30, 2007, and distributed to retail establishments in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, officials said.

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