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Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply

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(WSLS 10) - There may be a shortage of a traditional Thanksgiving dish this year. But turkey producers say there's no need to worry as long as you're willing to pay more.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says turkey prices might jump as much as 20 percent this Thanksgiving.

There was an outbreak of Avian Flu in April and May. More than 7 million turkeys were lost - although the industry says it wasn't that widespread.

"While it was significant for the individual producers in a few of the states, it affected only 3 percent of the population of turkeys nationwide," Keith Williams, National Turkey Federation, said.

Frozen turkeys, which most Americans prefer, are actually frozen the previous March. That means this year's turkeys were already in cold storage a month before the flu outbreak.