Coles puts in buying limit on eggs due to Victorian avian flu outbreak

Coles supermarket shoppers have been limited to buying two cartons of eggs due to supply chain issues caused by an outbreak of bird flu detected on five Victorian farms.

The restrictions were imposed on all stores except Western Australia.

Signs posted in stores say: Due to the soft egg shortage, we have introduced a temporary limit of two items per customer/transaction.

“This will help maintain availability and support as many customers as possible.

“Thank you for your patience, we apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

A similar message appears for online customers.

A Coles spokesperson confirmed the purchasing limits and said the supermarket was working with its suppliers to ensure shelves were still stocked.

“We are providing support to industry in responding to cases of avian influenza in Victoria,” they said.

There are currently no purchase limits at Woolworths or Aldi.

It is understood that only one of the affected farms supplies eggs to a small number of Woolworths stores.

As of June 7, the highly contagious H7N3 and H7N9 strains of avian influenza have been detected on five poultry farms across Victoria, including four properties in Meredith and a farm near Terang.

There are fears that up to 600,000 chickens may have to be culled, straining supply chains.

Sites where cases have been detected have been locked down, with movement restrictions around the farms.

Agriculture Victoria says the most recent detection was not unexpected and that the authority was taking every precaution to limit the spread of influenza.

“It demonstrates that Agriculture Victoria’s reasonable, risk-based limited control areas and comprehensive and ongoing surveillance activities are working as they should to tackle the spread of the disease,” it said in a statement.

Domestic poultry, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, emus and ostriches are the species most susceptible to avian influenza, however all bird species are thought to be susceptible to the virus.

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