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Avian Flu Decreases Number of Turkeys, May Increase Cost of Thanksgiving

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Though Thanksgiving's main dish isn't yet scarce, NBC News reports an avian flu outbreak decreased the United States' frozen turkey supply by 21 million in September—making the total number more than 29 million fewer than in September 2014.

Independent market analyst Bob Brown told CNBC he was "reluctant to declare the supply reduction a shortage" until consumers decide how much they're willing to pay as we get closer to Thanksgiving.

The American Farm Bureau Federation reported an average cost of $49 in 2013 and 2014 to feed 10 people a Thanksgiving dinner, including a 16-pound turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, peas, rolls with butter, cranberries and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

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