Customers will only be able to purchase two packs of pain relievers and toilet paper in-store and online.
“This is a precautionary step following recent restrictions in the food and grocery supply chain and pockets of increased demand across select categories,” the supermarket giant said in a statement.
“The limits will ensure that more customers have access to toilet paper and painkillers.”
In Western Australian Woolworths stores only, two packs per customer will be introduced across ground beef, sausage and chicken products due to ‘signs of excessive buying’.
Purchasing limits come due to inventory shortages as a result of supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 as well as staff shortages due to isolation restrictions.
Woolworth has already introduced purchase restrictions on rapid antigen kits.
In line with federal government guidelines, customers can only purchase one package but packages can contain between one and seven test kits.
It’s a “worried time” for customers, said Janet Vinsky, director of Woolworth’s stores.
“We will continue to closely monitor product availability across our stores, while continuing to send inventory to stores daily,” she said.
“Customers will notice some gaps on the shelves but we are trying our best to meet the demand.”
Meanwhile, other giant supermarket companies have introduced purchase restrictions on certain products.
Purchase limits also exist at Coles meat in all states except Western Australia.
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Shoppers will be limited to two packages of chicken breasts or chicken thighs from the meat department or six fillets from the prepared foods.