California WIC Food List Database
! The California WIC Food List Database (available in PDF format only) is not an official UPC listing of all WIC approved foods, and its intended use is for informational purposes only. It should not be used as an exclusive method of determining product eligibility. !
The California WIC Food List Database is a database of foods that have been reviewed by State staff and determined to be appropriate for California WIC participants, per Federal and State regulations. The California WIC Food List Database is a supplement to the WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (WAFL SG) and is sorted by food category to assist participants and vendors in identifying CA WIC eligible foods. In addition to being sorted by food category, the California WIC Food List Database identifies food brand, package size, UPC, and other relevant information. The California WIC Food List Database is split into two subgroups, Brand Specific Foods and Non-Brand Specific Foods, as detailed below.
Brand Specific Foods
Brand Specific Foods are identified by brand in the WAFL SG. Foods fall into this subgroup when Federal regulations outline very specific nutritional criteria that make it difficult for participants to identify eligibility status on their own. Food categories that are authorized by specific brand in the WAFL SG will be reviewed periodically. This page will be updated with informaton on how manufacturers can submit their products for review when California WIC is soliciting submissions for these food categories.
Non-Brand Specific Foods
Non-Brand Specific Foods are products in food categories not specified by brand in the WAFL SG. Products included in the California WIC Food List Database have been reviewed and determined by State staff to meet the eligiblity requirements set forth in the WAFL SG's "can buy" and "cannot buy" sections. Non-Brand Specific Food products (in categories not identified by brand in the WAFL SG) that meet the eligibility requirements may be submitted at any time for inclusion in the California WIC Food Database, which is updated on an ongoing basis. Manufacturers may submit products for inclusion that meet the eligibility requirements as they become available, see Product Submission for Food Manufacturers for detailed instructions on how to submit product information.
1. For Non-Brand Specific Food categories, a product does not need to be included in the California WIC Food List Database to be eligible for purchase—the only requirements for eligibility and purchase are that it must meet the eligibility requirements listed in the WAFL SG.
2. It is the responsibility of the submitter to notify the CA WIC Program as soon as possible of all product changes (and the effective date of each change) to any of their products that are listed in the California WIC Food List Database; examples of product changes include, but are not limited to: package design, container size, ingredients, and/or discontinuance of a product or eligible size. For Brand-Specific Foods, notification detailing product changes must be e-mailed to WICFoods@CDPH.ca.gov. For Non-Brand Specific Foods, product change notifications must be made by using the online product submission tools found on the Product Submissions webpage to resubmit the product, with a note explaining the change(s).
Fruits and Vegetables
Rebate Contract Foods
Federal regulations require that the state agency (SA) continuously operate a cost containment system for infant formula. In compliance with federal regulation, infant formula cost containment in California is operated through a competitively bid infant formula rebate contract. Per regulation, The SA must award the contract(s) to the responsive and responsible bidder(s) offering the lowest total monthly net price for infant formula or the highest monthly rebate for a standardized number of units of infant formula. California WIC’s current infant formula rebate contract is with Mead Johnson & Company and is currently set to expire on July 31, 2017.