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Thanksgiving 2013 turkey shortage reported by Butterball

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Butterball, the nation's largest turkey producer, said it is dealing with a shortage of large, fresh turkeys, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

The company said it still has an ample supply of its large frozen birds, but with just over a week to go before Thanksgiving, Butterball said some of the birds it planned to sell fresh have had trouble gaining weight.

"We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys," Stephanie Llorente, a spokeswoman for Butterball, said in a written statement Friday. "While we are continuing to evaluate all potential causes, we are working to remedy the issue. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that some of our customers have experienced as a result of this issue."

Butterball is responsible for about 20 percent of the nation's turkey production.

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