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Fake-News Story Claims Millions of Turkeys Recalled Due to Avian Virus

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on November 24, 2014

According to a report that has circulated in November every year since 2014,  the CDC has recalled millions of Thanksgiving turkeys because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus. 

Supposedly, the virus has recently developed the ability to transfer from birds to humans, an outcome that could have dire consequences for the human population.  The report claims that the virus is similar to the 1918 flu virus that killed millions of people.

To support its claims, the story cites a seemingly scientific website called the Wyoming Institute of Technology (WIT). It also features a 24-hour Turkey Safety Hotline number that people who have bought a turkey can call to get more information about the supposed virus threat.

Thankfully, however, the story is utter nonsense. There has been no such turkey recall and the CDC has not issued any statements about an avian virus outbreak among turkeys. And there are no credible reports that support the claims in the story.

The story was originally published on the fake-news website National Report. National Report apparently considers itself satirical although it is certainly not deserving of that label. In fact, the material published on the site is nothing more than drivel disguised as news.   Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

Furthermore, the Wyoming Institute of Technology is not a real entity but rather another ‘satire’ site used by National Report to attempt to back up its spurious claims. As with National Report itself, nothing published on WIT has any credibility whatsoever.

And, calling the supposed Turkey Safety Hotline actually connects people to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. 
With more and more fake-news sites appearing online, it is wise to verify any ‘news’ items that come your way before you share them with others. Usually, doing a search via a news aggregator such as Google News will quickly reveal if a story has any credence.

Of course, if the turkey recall story was true, mainstream news outlets around the world would have extensively covered it and there would be official government and health organization warnings about the threat.


Millions of Thanksgiving Turkeys Recalled: Is Your Family Safe? 

National Report; The CDC has confirmed that millions of turkeys have been recalled due to safety concerns over an avian virus that the birds may be harboring. The virus is related to human influenza virus but was thought to lack the ability to infect humans. However, it appears that the virus has recently developed the ability to move from bird hosts into humans. The results could be disastrous.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,