Temporary APL Expansion
to the state's ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) state of emergency,
the California Department of Public Health/Women, Infants, and Children
Division (CDPH/WIC) is requesting Universal Product Codes (UPCs) for temporary inclusion in the California
WIC Authorized Product List (APL). Please
note that submitting new product UPCs for CDPH/WIC’s consideration does not
mean that your UPCs will be added to the APL.
At this time, CDPH/WIC is implementing an APL expansion to include any product that meets the requirements in the Temporary WIC Authorized Food List. At the end of the temporary APL expansion period, products that do not meet the authorization criteria listed in WIC Bulletin Regulations sections 82050-83000, will be removed from the APL and will no longer be authorized for purchase by CDPH/WIC participants.
Please submit your product UPCs, following
the instructions detailed below.
Before You Submit
1. Verify product meets requirements listed in federal WIC regulations
2. Review USDA's Information for
3. Review the APL to verify the submission will
not be a duplicate
4. Please note, WIC does not accept UPC
submissions for 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 federal WIC authorization requirements.
Most foods may be submitted using the online forms linked below.
For food categories with no link or for submissions of 25
products or more, download and use the Bulk UPC Submission Form (Excel) to submit via SFTP . Once completed, submit the form and pictures for each product
via SFTP following the instructions on the second sheet of the submission
After You Submit
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
Submit notification of these changes to WICfoods@cdph.ca.gov.