Thanksgiving 2022: Turkey prices up 73%

Rescued turkeys gather in an aviary at Farm Sanctuary’s Southern California Sanctuary on October 5, 2022 in Acton, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving dinner is going to take an even bigger bite out of your pocketbook this year, as food prices continue to soar across the country. 

The price per pound of an 8- to 16-pound turkey has risen to $1.99, a 73% increase from $1.15 last year, according to USDA data.

The cause is reportedly a wave of avian flu that is sweeping the nation and killing farm birds. 

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According to the USDA, more than 47 million birds have been affected by the outbreak. 

The flu is causing a turkey shortage that is expected to last through Thanksgiving. 

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