People in Australia buy toilet paper to make stocks due to coronavirus

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The panic buying of toilet paper has prompted supermarkets to enforce limits on how much stock people can buy in Australia, while Kimberley-Clark, which manufactures Kleenex toilet paper, has now increased its production to 24 hours a day at its South Australia factory.

“It’s understandable that people are concerned about the reported shortage of toilet paper in some areas. But as media has been reporting, local manufacturers have already increased production,” Master Plumbers CEO Peter Daly said. Plumbers also warned against flushing wipes. Manufacturers of toilet wipes have been slammed by consumer groups over the years and Kimberley-Clark was previously taken to court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over claims its Kleenex wipes were flushable. Bulk goods supplier Costco has set restrictions on several of its essential goods at its Canberra store as some customers rush to stockpile in response to coronavirus fears.

Customers were being told they could buy a maximum of two 48-packs of toilet paper, as stocks at the store dried up. Unlike Costco, Australia’s two largest grocery chains said they did not plan to introduce item restrictions. They said the focus remained on getting as much stock into stores as possible.

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