COVID-19: FairPrice further restricts toilet roll, paper products purchase

Toilet paper seen on shelves at a FairPrice Finest outlet at Clementi Mall on 17 March 2020. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — From 7am on Friday (27 March), NTUC FairPrice will allow a maximum of only two packs of paper products (toilet paper, facial tissues, kitchen towels) per customer, down from four in its revision of grocery purchase limits.

It added in a media release on Thursday that there will be additional restrictions on canned food, frozen poultry and cooking oil.

Existing purchasing limits for instant noodles, vegetables, rice, eggs and fresh poultry remain.

These limits were initially established on 17 March as a precautionary measure to ensure as many customers have access to daily essentials, discourage over-buying and deter resellers during this COVID-19 pandemic period.

Full list of purchase limits per customer

The new purchase limits per customer at all FairPrice outlets will be as follows:

  • Paper products (toilet paper, facial tissues, kitchen towels): two packs

  • Instant noodles/pasta: two packs

  • Rice: 10 kilograms

  • Vegetables: $30

  • Fresh, frozen and processed poultry: $30

  • Eggs: three packs of 10, or one tray of 30

  • Canned products (choice of meat, fish or vegetables): six cans

  • Cooking oil: five litres

FairPrice said that the new purchase limits are set slightly higher than what a typical shopper purchases, but is sufficient to meet the daily grocery needs of an average family in Singapore.

Daily essentials remain available as there are sufficient stockpiles of food while supply lines remain largely intact, it added.

Increase in customer traffic in past few days

“Over the past few days, we saw an increase in customer traffic as well as purchasing volume but within reasonable level,” FairPrice Group chief executive officer Seah Kian Peng said.

“We continue to encourage and thank customers for buying responsibly to ensure that everyone, especially those who are more vulnerable, continue to have access to groceries.”

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