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Avian flu causes turkey prices to skyrocket

8 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, November 12 2015 Nov 12, 2015 November 12, 2015 7:45 AM November 12, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE- If you're planning to buy a huge turkey for Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may need to shell out a few extra buck. According to Purdue University, the price of turkey is up 15 to 20 cents a pound this year.

The price hike is due to a recent Avian flu outbreak. The Health Department is heavily monitoring turkey sales and taking serious precautions to make sure no one ends up with a bad bird this Thanksgiving. 

"There's severe turkey shortages, there's severe egg shortages, anything sort of Avian related has seen significant issues," said one man who owns a turkey farm in North Carolina. 

Luckily, prices for the classic Thanksgiving side dishes have stayed roughly the same this year.

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