Coles has been forced to introduce further purchase limits on a variety of different products in their Victorian and NSW stores after several workers tested positive to coronavirus.
The supermarket giant said a number of team members at their Laverton chilled distribution centre in Victoria have been diagnosed with the virus, forcing all workers at the facility to be tested.
“As a further precautionary measure a significant proportion of team members at the distribution centre have been asked to self-isolate at home,” Coles said.
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As a result, Coles has brought in additional two-pack purchase limits in all Coles supermarkets in Victoria and Tasmania, as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW.
“While the Laverton distribution centre has been able to maintain operations, the reduced number of available team members has temporarily impacted our ability to replenish our Victorian stores with chilled and fresh produce lines,” the supermarket said.
The new products with limits include Fresh Milk, Cheese, Butter, Margarine, Chicken Breast, Chicken Thighs, Prepacked Carrots and Prepacked Potatoes.
Customers will also only be allowed to buy two of the following items including, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Beans, Canned Garden Veg, Pasta Sauce, Canned Fruit, Canned Baked Beans & Spaghetti, Canned Meat and Frozen Fruit & Veg.
The items are in addition to the other two-pack limits introduced last month, which remain in place for Pasta, Mince, Flour, Eggs, Hand Sanitiser, UHT milk, Sugar and rice.
A one-pack limit continues to apply to toilet paper and paper towel at Coles supermarkets across the whole country.
“Our team is working hard with our suppliers to replenish our stores as soon as possible, and we apologise to customers of our Victorian and NSW border stores who may find some chilled and fresh produce lines are temporarily out of stock,” Coles said.
“The health and safety of our team members remains a top priority for Coles and we look forward to welcoming our Laverton team members currently in isolation back to work as soon as they receive necessary clearances.”