Turkey prices drop 18 cents from last week

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005 file photo, turkeys are pictured at a turkey farm near Sauk Centre , Minn. A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter,File)
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005 file photo, turkeys are pictured at a turkey farm near Sauk Centre , Minn. . (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter,File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – The USDA’s latest weekly survey of advertised retail prices for frozen turkey hens dropped 18 cents per pound from the previous week.

Prices remain just a penny cheaper per pound than last year in the week before Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation.

The USDA surveyed 20,591 retail supermarket outlets through November 19 and found prices down from $1.08 per pound last week to 98 cents per pound this week.

The National Turkey Federation also noted that shoppers can also find lower prices at nearly 49 cents per pound in many supermarkets offering discounts for frozen turkey as part of their annual promotions to attract Thanksgiving shoppers.

Losses among the turkey population from avian influenza were held to 3 percent and disproportionately centered on a few states in the upper Midwest.

The avian flu struck growers in late April, with the last case over in June. USDA projects 228 million turkeys will be produced by year’s end.

The National Turkey Federation estimates Americans eat 46 million turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner, most being of the flash-frozen quality, produced and contracted for grocers beginning in March, before the onset of avian influenza.

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