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Temporary APL EBar Codesxpansion

In response 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 possible, 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 considering APL expansions to include any product that meets the federal WIC regulatory requirements for authorized foods found in 7 Code of Federal Regulations part 246.10, table 4. If implemented, the expanded APL will be effective through June 30, 2020, unless extended by CDPH/WIC. 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 as of August 2, 2019, would be removed from the APL and would no longer be authorized for purchase by CDPH/WIC participants.

This is an urgent request. Please submit your product UPCs as soon as possible, following the instructions detailed below.

CDPH/WIC will consider including any food meeting federal WIC requirements (7 CFR part 246.10,(e)(12) table 4) for temporary APL inclusion.  Review the Federal Food Requirements and Examples Table for details on which foods to submit.


Before You Submit

1. Verify product meets requirements listed in federal WIC regulations

2. Review USDA's Information for Food Manufacturers

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 form. 

Canned Fish:



Fruits and Vegetables:

Infant Foods:


Legumes:Milk:Whole Grains:


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 product.

Submit notification of these changes to



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