Thanksgiving Turkey shortage opens up new possibilities – YubaNet

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, aka bird flu, has decimated commercial flocks in the US. Just like human flu, bird flu strains vary in strength and infectiousness. For 2022, the CDC reports 310 counties in 44 states with outbreaks, affecting 49,001,035 birds. [source: H5N1 bird flu detection page]

Will available turkeys be safe to eat?

All turkeys found in retail stores are either inspected by the USDA or by State systems which have standards equivalent to the federal government. Organic birds must meet additional certifications. 

Source: Thanksgiving Turkey shortage opens up new possibilities – YubaNet