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UPC Submissio​ns

Bar Codes WIC needs your support to make sure our Authorized Product List (APL) is complete and up to date!

Please review the APL and submit UPC information for new or missing product​s you think meet WIC requirements.

WIC participants using the California WIC Card can only buy products that are included in the​​ APL.

Before You Submit

  1. Verify that product meets requirements listed in federal WIC regulations

  2. Verify that product meets requirements listed in the WIC Authorized Foods List Shopping Guide (Shopping Guide) (PDF, 7.01MB) and WIC Bulletin Regulations

  3. Review USDA's Information for Food Manufacturers

  4. Review the APL to verify the submission will not be a duplicate

  5. Please note, WIC does not accept UPC submissions f​​or fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC authorized vendors must map these products by UPC to a Price Look-Up (PLU) code.

How to Submit

WIC staff will review UPC submissions before adding them to the APL. All products in the APL must meet state and federal WIC authorization requirements.

  1. Authorized Product List Submission System​ (APLSS)​:
    To submit product UPCs and ima​ges (Max Size 4MB) for consideration, please use APLSS by visiting the APLSS Login webpage. Detailed instructions for using APLSS and submitting new food items can be found in the following documents:
    APLSS Regi​​stration Guide (PDF)​
    APLSS How to Submit (PDF, 2.02MB)​​


  2. CDPH/WIC is accepting product submissions for “any brand” foods:​

    • Authorized brands of infant fruits and vegetables

    • Authorized brands of infant meats

    • Canned fish

    • Cage-free eggs

    • Cheese​

    • Fruits and vegetables: canned and frozen; dried fruits

    • Juice: bottled and concentrate

    • Legumes: peanut butter, canned beans, and dry beans, peas, or lentils

    • Milk whole, including lactose-free

    • Milk 2% reduced fat

    • Milk lowfat and nonfat milk, including lactose-free, evaporated, and powdered dry

    • Whole grains: whole wheat bread, brown rice, bulgur, oats, and whole grain barley​


  3. ​Brand-Specific Product Updates: To submit updates for an existing brand-specific food product listed in the Shopping Guide (PDF) and WIC Bulletin Reg​ulations​, please email updated product information to WICfoods@cdph.ca.gov​.

​If you experience issues with your APLSS account or application, please contact the California WIC​​​ APLSS Help Desk at (800) 224-7472 option 6 for assistance.

After You Submit

We appreciate you taking the time to submit your product(s). You will only receive a response if your product(s) is/are deemed not authorized. The response will include the reason for the rejection. If authorized, your product(s) will be added to the APL as soon as possible.

If a product is submitted by a food manufacturer's employee or agent, the manufacturer must notify WIC in writing of all product changes and the effective date of the changes.

Examples of product changes include, but are not limited to, changes in container size, ingredients, product name, or discontinuance of a product.

Submit notification of these changes to WICfoods@cdph.ca.gov.​


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