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Coles has introduced further buying restrictions in supermarkets after several workers tested positive to coronavirus in Victoria, leading to replenishment issues.

Coles has introduced further buying restrictions in supermarkets after several workers tested positive to coronavirus in Victoria, leading to replenishment issues.

A number of workers at the Laverton chilled distribution centre have been diagnosed with COVID-19, forcing all staff at the facility to be tested for the virus.

"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," a Coles statement read.

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Two-pack purchase limits have been implemented across all stores, including online, in Victoria and Tasmania, as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW, for the following items:

Chilled products (from Laverton DC)

Fresh Milk

Cheese

Butter

Margarine

Chicken Breast

Chicken Thighs

Prepacked Carrots

Prepacked Potatoes

Ambient and Frozen Product Limits

Canned Tomatoes

Canned Beans

Canned Garden Veg

Pasta Sauce

Canned Fruit

Canned Baked Beans & Spaghetti

Canned Meat

Frozen Fruit & Veg (Inc Potato)

The items are in addition to the other two-pack limits introduced last month, which continue to remain in place for the following items:

Pasta, hand sanitiser, mince, UHT milk, flour, sugar, eggs and rice.

The one-pack limit for toilet paper and paper towel still applies in all states.

In a statement, Coles said the team was working hard with its suppliers to replenish stores as soon as possible.

"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," the statement read.

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Coles confirmed none of the workers who tested positive to COVID-19 had gone to work at the distribution centre since June 25.

The supermarket giant was also working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure the centre could continue to remain open. Safety measures have been undertaken, including daily deep cleaning and isolating workers.

Purchase limits were initially reinstated at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets across the country last month, following a surge in product demand due to 'panic buying'.

Coles chief operations officer in Victoria, Matt Swindells previously said he hoped the excessive buying was just a 'blip'.

"It was more of a small ripple that got a bit larger in the pond once the hotspots were clearly identified in the community and those stores began to accelerate demand," he said.

"As soon as we get back to normal buying patterns, the sooner those restrictions can disappear."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coles-introduces-more-buying-limits-victoria-tasmania-and-parts-of-nsw-coronavirus/195faee4-6c95-4d81-b1f9-b2ee1b5aea03

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