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Thanksgiving Meal Costs Most Ever as Bird Flu Hits Turkeys

  • Avian influenza drives turkey prices up 6.4%, farm group says
  • Holiday feast for 10 tops $50 even as milk, cranberries drop
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The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. this year will rise to a record, topping $50 for the first time, as turkey prices jump 6.4 percent after the worst outbreak ever of avian influenza wiped out millions of the birds, a farm group said.

The 12 items typically served during the holiday meal will rise 1.4 percent to an average $50.11 for 10 people from $49.41 in 2014, the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington said Thursday in a statement. A turkey weighing 16 pounds (7.3 kilograms) will increase to $23.04 from $21.65. Sweet potatoes, rolls, stuffing and pumpkin-pie mix and shells were up 1 cent to 8 cents, according to a survey by 138 volunteer shoppers in 32 states.