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Thursday, 3 February 2022: Woolworths has today introduced a two pack purchase limit on flour, sugar, rice, pasta, eggs, paper towels, frozen fruit, frozen vegetables and frozen chips in Western Australia. 

The precautionary move comes as flooding along the key east-west freight rail track has affected the volume of product coming into Western Australia across the food and grocery industry.

Due to significant rainfall in South Australia, the Australian Rail Track Corporation has advised that parts of the network between Adelaide and Tarcoola are flooded and rail operations have stopped. 

Woolworths is working with its trucking carrier partners to send freight across to Western Australia, but there is a reduction in load capacity compared with rail.

Woolworths General Manager for Western Australia, Karl Weber said: “The loss of the key freight link from the east will regrettably have an impact on product availability in our stores over the next little while.

“We’ve placed temporary purchase limits on selected categories to help ensure more customers have access to essential products while we work through the disruption.

“More than 80 percent of our fresh fruit and vegetable range is sourced from growers within Western Australia, so we expect that part of the store will hold up reasonably well. We also source a large volume of our milk, dairy and meat locally. 

“Together with our transport partners, we’ll continue to do everything we can to get as much stock as possible into Western Australia by road and ship.

“We encourage customers to be mindful of others in the community and only buy what they need. Please continue to be respectful to our team members who are doing their very best to ensure the products you need are available.”

Woolworths has had product limits on toilet paper and analgesic (pain killers) nationwide since the middle of January 2022.

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For further information contact Woolworths Media