US Fact check: Average whole turkey does not cost $83 at grocery store
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The claim: Turkeys cost $83 at the grocery store
As Thanksgiving approaches and, some social media users say this year's holiday turkey could cost a wing and a leg.
"Turkeys are $83 at the grocery store, it's a $70 fine to hunt without a license," reads text in. "It's a sad day in America when you can shoot a turkey in front of a Game Warden and save money."
The post, which stems frompublished by MrGeorgiaPine, accumulated more than 2,800 shares within three days. Similar versions of the claim have racked up thousands of interactions over the past week, according to CrowdTangle, a social media insights tool.
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Hunting requirements. But due to supply chain snags and inflation, Americans for Thanksgiving ingredients this year – including turkeys.
Still, experts and federal data indicate that, while an $83 price tag is possible for some kinds of turkeys, it is not the norm.
"I can’t imagine that would be anything close to representative,", head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, said in an email.
USA TODAY reached out to MrGeorgiaPine and the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.
Average turkey price is about $1.07 per pound
Turkey prices are on the rise and expected to hit record highs this year,. But don't plan on an $83 bird at Thanksgiving dinner.
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To support the Facebook post's claim, one commenter linked to a fully cooked, hickory-smoked turkey, a website that sells regional and artisanal foods. include a photo of a 15-pound kosher turkey with an $84 price tag at Publix.
Those prices jibe with other listings. But they aren't the norm, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"That would have to be one heck of a big turkey!" Kate Waters, an agency spokesperson, said of the claim in an email.
The USDAof retail turkey prices advertised by grocery stores nationwide. , the average cost of a whole frozen turkey was about $1.07 per pound for hens and $1.06 per pound for toms. The data does not include the average costs of fresh turkeys.
For a 24-pound bird, which, that would come to about $25 – more than three times cheaper than the price cited in the Facebook post.
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The prices of both retail and wholesale turkeys have increased by more than 10% from last year, USDA data shows. But experts say that increase will not result in an $83 turkey for the average American.
"I bought a turkey (at H-E-B) on Nov. 1 and paid $1.28 per pound for a 16-pound bird,", an agricultural economics professor at Texas A&M University, said in an email. "If I went to a special store and ordered an already cooked or smoked turkey, then the price might be $80."
Our rating: Missing context
Based on our research, we rate the claim that turkeys cost $83 at the grocery store MISSING CONTEXT, because without additional information it could be misleading. Turkey prices are on the rise, and some kosher or fully cooked turkeys can be expensive. But experts say an $83 price tag is not the norm. Retail data from the USDA shows the average whole, frozen turkey at U.S. grocery stores costs about $1.07 per pound.
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