This Thanksgiving, there will be shortage of big birds, the US government has warned.
Finding 20-pound turkeys in some parts of the nation may be difficult as a result of this year’s avian flu outbreaks, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a call with media on Tuesday.
According to CDC figures, the avian flu has killed more than 8 million turkeys.
Vilsack noted during the conference call that some of the turkeys being bred now for Thanksgiving might not have the entire length of time to reach a weight of 20 pounds. The conversation was about the administration’s efforts to permanently lower the cost of meat and poultry.
Turkey Prices up for Thanksgiving
According to USDA data, turkey costs have increased by almost 28% since this time last year.
An eight to 16-pound turkey now costs $1.47 per pound, up from $1.15 the previous year.
According to the most current Consumer Price Index, prices for uncooked poultry, which includes turkey, rose 17% in September compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
This Thanksgiving, prices will rise across the board.
Cost increases are anticipated for everything from potatoes to gravy. Food banks are predicted to be impacted by rising turkey prices: In comparison to previous year, City Harvest, a New York City-based group that rescues food, anticipates spending $100,000 more on turkeys.
A 16-pound turkey cost $24 last Thanksgiving, which is $5 more than what a turkey will typically cost in 2020, according to a survey by the American Farm Bureau.
Later this month, the Farm Bureau’s Thanksgiving survey is anticipated to be made public.