FairPrice urges customers not to stock up on anti-mosquito products

A sign encouraging customers to stay safe and protect themselves against Zika is seen above anti-mosquito products at FairPrice Xtra at Jurong Point on Sept 2, 2016.
A sign encouraging customers to stay safe and protect themselves against Zika is seen above anti-mosquito products at FairPrice Xtra at Jurong Point on Sept 2, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Singapore's largest supermarket chain has urged its customers not to stock up on anti-mosquito products and to buy only what they need.

"We want to assure the community that additional stocks of anti-mosquito products are being sent to our stores and we will keep prices stable," said NTUC FairPrice chief executive officer Seah Kian Peng on Tuesday (Sept 6).

"There is no need to stock up as we will continue to bring in more supplies and we urge customers to only buy what they need so that as many households may have access to these products for their personal use," he added.

The supermarket chain, which has 130 stores here, said last Friday that anti- mosquito products were out of stock at its stores following the rise in Zika cases.

 

As of Monday, there were 258 locally transmitted Zika cases here.

In a release on Tuesday, FairPrice said it has placed an additional order this week for 175,000 pieces of various types of insecticides and repellents, which will be delivered in batches to all its stores. This is about 10 times the normal weekly sales of these items before Zika was reported here.

The chain carries 36 different types of anti-mosquito products, including lotions, sprays, patches and insecticides. More than 115,000 of such items were sold between Thursday and Sunday.