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Product Submissions for Food Manufacturers

All product(s) must meet the following food requirements prior to being submitted or added to the Food List Database:

  1. USDA Food Eligibility Requirements: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/benefitsandservices/manufacturerinfo.HTM 
  2. California WIC Food Policy Manual - no longer available; please see WAFLSG below and (Regulatory Bulletin 2012-02; Regulatory Alert 2013-02)
  3. WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (WAFLSG)

Below you will find instructions for how to submit Brand and Non-Brand Specific Foods to the Food List Database to be added to the CA WIC Food List Database.

REMINDER:  It is the responsibility of the submitter to notify the CA WIC Program of all changes and the effective date of each change to a product included in the Food List Database, including, but not limited to, package design, container size, ingredients, and/or discontinuance of a product or eligible size.

Brand Specific Foods

The California WIC Program is not currently soliciting submissions for Instant Oatmeal/Instant Oats, Crisp(y) Rice Cereal, Soy, Tofu, and Infant Cereal products at this time.  We will update this page when we are soliciting submissions with instructions on how to submit. 

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.

Submission Instructions: 

  1. Submit products using the online submission tools (links) below. 
  2. All submissions must include an uploaded image of the product label, including: front label, Nutrition Facts label, legible ingredients list, and UPC (12 digits).
  3. Max upload file size is 5000 KB, allowable file types include; pdf, doc, xls, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, mp3, and mpeg.
  4. 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 

  • Infant Foods

  • Juices

  • Milks

  • Whole Grains


    Note: to request a food category change see Request for Food Category Changes

    Last modified on: 1/9/2014 1:46 PM