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Bird Flu Myths

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza seems to have led to an outbreak of misinformation and misunderstandings.  Here are some of the most common myths about the avian influenza outbreak.

Myth: Turkey prices will rise.

Truth: Prices for whole turkeys have risen 3% since mid-April. Boneless, skinless breast meat (used in lunch meat) prices have risen 10% in the same time period. Turkey remains a healthy, economical protein.

Myth: There will be a Thanksgiving turkey shortage.

Truth: While the bird flu outbreak has been devastating to farmers involved, it has only affected 2.5% of annual turkey production in the US. And most of the birds affected have been larger toms instead of the smaller hens that are traditionally marketed at Thanksgiving.

Myth: Poultry is unsafe to eat.

Truth: Every flock is tested for avian influenza before going to market. This practice was put in place long before this outbreak. There is no reason to worry about the safety of poultry in the wake of avian influenza.

Myth: Only big “factory farms” get bird flu.

Truth: As of 5/27/15 there have been 179 cases reported in the US, and 18 of them (10%) have been “backyard” flocks. Some experts believe there may be more backyard cases that have not been reported. Small, backyard flocks are less likely to be tested than larger flocks.

The turkey farms affected have all been family farms, many of which have been raising turkeys for generations. The farmers and industry have done everything possible to prevent an outbreak, and experts are unsure how the virus is spreading. When more research is available, changes may be made in housing or farm management to prevent a similar outbreak in the future.

These are a few of Iowa's turkey farmers - some of whom have been affected by the avian influenza outbreak.
These are a few of Iowa’s turkey farmers – some of whom have been affected by the avian influenza outbreak.

FREE Thanksgiving Cookbook! The Ultimate Guide to Whole Turkey

We have all the info you need to perfectly cook a turkey for Thanksgiving (or any other day!)  Download our FREE cookbook to learn how to do everything from choosing a turkey to carving it. 

Ultimate Guide to Whole Turkey: From purchasing to carving, with bonus tips on making dressing and gravy.  A FREE cookbook download from the Iowa Turkey Federation

What’s in the cookbook?

  • How to choose and purchase a turkey
  • How to thaw a turkey
  • How to clean a turkey
  • How to season a turkey with rubs, marinades or brine
  • How to prepare dressing or stuffing 
  • How to roast a turkey
  • How to roast a frozen turkey
  • How to deep fry turkey
  • How to grill a whole turkey
  • How to smoke a turkey
  • How to carve a turkey (photo guide)
  • How to make turkey gravy

Includes 17 Recipes for:

  • Whole Turkey
  • Marinades
  • Brine
  • Turkey Dressing
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Turkey Broth
  • Turkey Rub

(Easy BBQ Turkey, Shoot the Turkey -Roasted turkey injected with marinade,  Award Winning Barbecue Turkey, Old Fashioned Turkey Dressing, Cranberry Nut Dressing, Giblet Dressing, Chestnut Dressing, Mushroom Dressing, Slow-Cooker Dressing, Basic Brine, Lemon Barbecue Marinade, Teriyaki Marinade, Herb Mustard Turkey Rub, Cajun Spice Turkey Rub, Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Glaze, Turkey Broth, Turkey Gravy)

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