Australian Coles and Woolworths stores confirm the list of restricted grocery items

Here's everything you can get your hands on.

As panic buying continues around the country, both Woolworths and Coles have reinstated purchase limits in some of their Melbourne and Tasmanian stores.

Woolworths confirmed they would also undertake the new measures on the back of its counterpart.

On July 3, the supermarket giant reveals a spike in coronavirus cases led to an increase in panic buying across the state.

Customers will now be limited to buying two items on 18 products including staple foods like frozen vegetables, bread loaves, chilled fresh milk and prepacked sausages.

The Woolworths two-pack limits in Victoria apply to the following:

• Flour

• Sugar

• Pasta

• Mince

• Long life milk

• Eggs

• Rice

• Frozen vegetables

• Frozen potatoes

• Frozen fruit

• Frozen fish

• Frozen poultry

• Sausages

• Burgers

• Fresh milk

• Frozen pizza

• Frozen party snacks

• Frozen meals

• Frozen seafood

• Chilled juice

• Tissues

Online Woolworths two-pack purchase limits also apply in Victoria to the following:

  • Frozen vegetables (including potatoes)
  • Prepacked carrots
  • Prepacked potatoes
  • Bread – from the instore bakery
  • Packaged bacon
  • Hand sanitiser

Despite a higher demand for produce, Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters confirmed the company still had an adequate amount of stock levels going from warehouses into stores.

“If you’re in a hot-spot area, we would encourage you to consider doing your grocery shopping online if possible. Together with our on-demand courier partners, we are able to fulfil thousands of extra orders each week,” she said.

Victorian and Tasmanian Coles reinstated their shopping limits after distribution centre workers tested positive for coronavirus, hindering the retail giant’s ability to restock shelves.

Meanwhile, new two-pack limits in Coles apply to the following:

  • Fresh milk
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Cheese
  • Canned beans
  • Butter
  • Canned garden veg
  • Margarine
  • Pasta sauce
  • Chicken breast
  • Canned fruit
  • Chicken thighs
  • Canned baked beans and spaghetti
  • Prepacked carrots
  • Canned meat
  • Prepacked potatoes
  • Frozen fruit and veg, including potato
  • Pasta
  • Mince
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Hand sanitiser
  • UHT milk
  • Sugar
  • Rice.

These new measures apply to supermarkets, Coles Express and Coles Online in Victoria and Tasmania, as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in New South Wales.

This comes after the two-pack limits were announced last week - a move made following in panic buying and the one-pack limits on toilet paper and paper towels across Australia.

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