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USDA Announces Turkey Products Purchase

AMS No. 271-12

Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 – Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Edward Avalos has announced USDA's intent to purchase up to $35 million of turkey products for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks.

The turkey industry consists of vertically integrated companies that produce, process, and market turkeys and turkey products. Producers have been profitable with current whole turkey prices but may be close to break even or below in the fourth quarter if feed prices remain equal to current December futures prices. However, producers who primarily produce turkey parts and processed products find costs of production above selling price for their products.

“This purchase will assist turkey producers who are currently struggling due to challenging market conditions and the high cost of feed,” said Avalos. “The purchase will help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions, and provide high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA's nutrition programs."

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters.

Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified requirements and be certified to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin. This purchase is based on analyses of current market conditions.

For more information or purchase details, interested suppliers should contact, in writing: Contracting Officer, USDA/AMS Commodity Procurement Staff, Stop 0256, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) 720-4517; or visit the AMS website at


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