Butterball mystery: Turkeys wouldn't fatten up

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 11:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Butterball apparently has big fat mystery on its hands: The company says it doesn't know why some of its turkeys wouldn't plump up in time for Thanksgiving this year.

CEO Rod Brenneman says in an interview with the AP that it's the first time it happened and that the company is investigating what went wrong. Butterball had announced last week that it will have a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for the holidays.

"We don't have an answer yet," Brenneman said when asked about the cause. But he noted that turkeys are "biological creatures" subject to a variety of factors.

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