Don't Panic About a Turkey Shortage

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NATIONAL – Don't worry about a turkey shortage this Thanksgiving. Stories from food banks and a shortage because of the avian flu outbreak have scared some people.

The avian flu outbreak happened back in the months of April and May.  Seven million turkeys were lost as a result. The turkey industry says while it affected a few individual producers in some states, it was really only 3-percent of the turkey population nationwide.

Additionally, the frozen turkey consumers are likely buying were frozen fresh from the farm back in March, a month before the avian flu outbreak.

Now, just because you can get a turkey, doesn't mean you won't pay more.  The USDA still predicts that because of the outbreak, turkey prices might jump as much as 20-percent this Thanksgiving.

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