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These Grocery Chains Are Limiting Toilet Paper Purchases Again

Retailers are beginning to implement anti-hoarding policies similar to those in place over the spring.
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Toilet paper was one of the most hoarded items at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Frenzied demand for the paper product prompted retailers across the U.S. to implement purchase limits and even hire off-duty police officers to guard their stock. As a third wave of coronavirus hits, some grocery chains are bringing back anti-hoarding policies similar to those put in place in the spring.

Several retailers have recently reinstated limits on basic paper products like toilet paper and paper towels, according to Business Insider. Purchases of certain cleaning supplies and types of meat are also being restricted in some cases. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

Kroger confirmed to the outlet that it had temporarily set a two-per-customer limit on "certain products, including bath tissue, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and hand soap." Similarly, H-E-B has limited toilet paper and paper towel purchases in certain locations, as well as brisket, disinfecting wipes and sprays, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol at all stores.

Giant, which announced the return of toilet paper and paper towel limits last week, warned against panic buying. "There is no need to create panic," a representative told Penn Live at the time.

Whatever the case may be, both paper goods producers and retailers have expressed confidence in new strategies put in place over the course of the year to prevent shortages like the ones witnessed back in March and April. The makers of Angel Soft and Quilted Northern said their supply was catching up to demand in August. At the same time, major retailers began building pandemic stockpile pallets of their most in-demand items months ago so customers wouldn't have to do the same.

Costco and Walmart still haven't announced new limitation policies, but the big box retailers could make similar moves if the third wave proves to be as disruptive as some experts expect it may be.

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Mura Dominko
Mura Dominko is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!. Read more