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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

If you're craving a turkey sandwich, you may be out of luck at the deli counter.

Iowa is one of the top producing states of turkey, but area grocery stores are running out of the deli meat.

Don Schweihs came to the grocery store, expecting to buy turkey from the deli for dinner, but he wasn't able to. “They're all out of turkey, so I didn't buy any,” said Schweihs.

You can blame it on avian flu.

“Where we've seen the most affect is in our shaved turkey, products that we carry in our stores. I guess the items that would be the most (affected) would be the DiLusso turkey, there's Willowbrook turkey, and then there's products from Jennie-O and our Hy-vee branded turkey," said store director of Hy-Vee Jim Carney.

Although buying deli turkey is a hit-or-miss at the moment, management at some stores say as of right now, the shortage hasn't increased the cost.

It also hasn't affected all types of turkey meat. Suppliers say its still too early to tell if the turkey shortage will affect your thanksgiving holiday, so there's no need to panic for that just yet. As of right now, you can still buy whole fresh turkeys.

As for Don, who was planning on having some deli turkey in tonight's dinner, he'll just have to find something else.

"We're not having turkey tonight,” he said.

The department of Ag is working to fix the outbreak. One of the farms that was quarantined has been cleaned, disinfected and now tests negative. It has been restocked with more birds so more deli meat may be on the way.

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