Product Submissions for Food Manufacturers
Prior to submission, the submitter must first verify that their products meet the following requirements:
1. USDA Final Rule for Food Packages (federal food regulations)
2. WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (WAFL SG) — In addition to the WAFL SG, please refer to Regulatory Bulletin 2012-02 and Regulatory Alert 2013-02
3. USDA Information for Food Manufacturers
Please read below for further instructions.
Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Tortillas And Corn Tortillas
Submissions are currently being accepted; submissions will be accepted from November 19, 2014 through December 5, 2014 only.
The California Department of Public Health/Women, Infants and Children Division (CDPH/WIC) is soliciting submissions for whole wheat bread, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas to be considered for inclusion in the next revision of the California WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (WAFL SG). Letters, dated November 18, 2014 (PDF) and November 19, 2014 (PDF), were e-mailed to food manufacturers, food wholesalers, and food distributors that detail CDPH/WIC’s request for brand specific food submissions for these foods; please read both letters for complete details. Please note, products currently listed in the Food List Database will be included in the WAFL SG revision; therefore, please review the Food List Database prior to submitting and only submit eligible products that are not currently included. Products that are already included do not need to be resubmitted.
Please note, starting in October 2015, whole bread, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas will become brand specific foods that are listed in the WAFL SG; the only products allowed for these foods will be the ones specifically printed in the WAFL SG. If your product is not submitted to us by December 5, 2014 for review, it will not be WIC eligible once the next revision of the WAFL SG is released in October 2015, and will not have the chance to become WIC eligible until a subsequent WAFL SG is released, which is tentatively scheduled for a 2017 release at the earliest.
1. Submit products using the online submission tools (links) below.
• All submissions must include an uploaded single file with images of the product labeling, including: front label, back label, nutrition facts panel, legible ingredients list, and UPC (12 digits).
• Max upload file size is 5000 KB; preferred file type is PDF but, will also accept doc, xls, jpg, or jpeg.
• Name each image using the 12 digit UPC.
• Whole Wheat Bread
• Whole Wheat Tortillas
• Corn Tortillas
Brand Specific Foods
Brand Specific Foods are products in food categories identified by brand in the WAFL SG. Foods fall into this group when Federal regulations outline very specific nutritional criteria that make it difficult for participants to identify eligibility status on their own. Current Brand Specific Food categories include Breakfast Cereal (including Instant Oatmeal/Instant Oats and Crisp(y) Rice Cereal), Soy, Tofu, and Infant Cereal.
The California WIC Program is not currently soliciting submissions for Brand Specific Food categories. This page will be updated with information on how manufacturers can submit their products for review and approval when California WIC is soliciting submissions for these food categories.
Non-Brand Specific Foods
Non-brand specific food products are products not specified by brand in the WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (WAFL SG). The criteria for these foods are listed in the WAFL SG under the headings “can buy” and “cannot buy.” Products for food categories that are not identified as brand specific in the WAFL SG and meet the specific criteria listed in the WAFL SG can be added to the Food List Database on an ongoing basis. Manufacturers can submit products that meet eligibility requirements as they become available.
1. Submit products using the online submission tool (link) below.
All submissions must include an uploaded single file with images of the product labeling, including: front label, back label, nutrition facts panel, legible ingredients list, and UPC (12 digits).
Max upload file size is 5000 KB; preferred file type is PDF but, will also accept doc, xls, jpg, or jpeg.
Name each image using the 12 digit UPC.
Note: If the online tool for the product you would like to submit is not accessible below, we are not ready to collect product information for that food type at this time. Please check back at a later date or email WICFoods@CDPH.ca.gov with your inquiry.
Fruits and Vegetables
Note: to request a food category change see Request for Food Category Changes.