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California WIC Food List Database

The California WIC Food List Database (available in PDF format only) should not be used as an exclusive method of determining product authorization. It is not an official UPC listing of all WIC approved foods; its intended use is for informational purposes only.

 The California WIC Food List Database is a database of foods that have been reviewed by WIC staff and confirmed to meet state and federal authorization requirements. This database is sorted by food category and supplements the WAFL SG as a tool to help participants and vendors identify authorized foods. For each included item, the database identifies food brand, package size, UPC, and other relevant information.

The California WIC Food List Database is comprised of two subgroups—Brand Specific Foods and Non-Brand Specific Foods.

At this time, we are not updating the website's Food List Database with new products, though we are still accepting food submissions. If you wish to receive up-to-date food lists by food type, please submit your request by email to WICFoods@cdph.ca.gov.

Brand Specific Foods

Brand Specific Foods are identified by brand (and product name, when applicable) 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 authorization status on their own. Food categories authorized by specific brand in WIC Bulletin Regulations, sections 82000-83000 and the WAFL SG will be
reviewed and updated periodically.

This page will be updated with information on how manufacturers can submit their products for review when California WIC solicits submissions for these foods.

 

Infant Fruits and Vegetables and Infant Meats are Brand Specific Food categories in which any product made by the brands listed in the WAFL SG may be purchased. Authorized products must also meet the authorization requirements listed in the WAFL SG and WIC Bulletin Regulations, sections 82000-83000.

Products may be added to the database at anytime, using the Product Submissions for Food Manufacturers tools.

Non-Brand Specific Foods

Non-Brand Specific Foods are products in food categories not specified by brand/product name in the WAFL SG. Products included in the California WIC Food List Database have been reviewed and determined to meet the authorization requirements set forth in WIC Bulletin Regulations, sections 82000-83000 and the WAFL SG.

 

Non-Brand Specific Foods in the database are updated continuously and products may be submitted for inclusion at any time. See Product Submissions for Food Manufacturers for detailed instructions on how to submit products.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

Juice

 

Milk

 

Whole Grains

 

Important Reminders

  1. For Non-Brand Specific Food categories, a product does not need to be included in the California WIC Food List Database to be authorized for purchase. The only requirements for authorization and purchase are that it must meet the authorization requirements listed in the WIC Bulletin Regulations, sections 82000-83000 and the WAFL SG.
  2. It is the responsibility of the submitter to notify the California 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 authorized size.

 

For Brand-Specific Foods, notification detailing product changes must be emailed to WICFoods@CDPH.ca.gov.

For Non-Brand Specific Foods, product change notifications must be made using the
Product Submissions tools to re-submit the product with a note explaining the change(s).

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