On September 29, 2012 the Governor's Office signed Assembly Bill 2322 into law affecting the California Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) which took effect immediately.
For more information, please read Regulatory Alert 2012-01
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Federal WIC regulations require that state agencies continuously operate a cost containment system for infant formula. In compliance with federal regulations, infant formula cost containment in California is operated through competitively bid infant formula rebate contracts for milk-based and soy-based infant formula. Per regulation, CDPH/WIC awards the contracts to the responsive and responsible bidder(s) offering the lowest total net cost per month for each type of infant formula. CDPH/WIC currently contracts with Mead Johnson & Company for both milk-based and soy-based infant formula, with the agreement expiring on July 31, 2017.
In order to determine CDPH/WIC’s next infant formula contractor(s), California WIC released Invitation for Bid #17-10001 on August 24, 2016. The selected manufacturer(s) will be required to supply its contracted brand infant formula to WIC authorized vendors located throughout California and provide a rebate to the WIC Division for each container of their contracted brand infant formula purchased from WIC Authorized vendors by WIC participants. The IFB is posted online at https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/index.aspx.
WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - effective March 28, 2016 (PDF, English) Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions about the Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (PDF)
Sample Checks (PDF)
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