Missouri WIC Implements Second USDA Infant Formula Waiver

Missouri WIC announced a new temporary waiver on Friday that will allow the purchase of other types of infant formula using WIC benefits during the Abbott infant formula recall event. This temporary waiver allows Missouri WIC to issue additional non-contract formula brands that participants can select if their Similac formula is not available at authorized WIC retailers. Participants can begin purchasing these alternative brands and types of infant formula as early as February 25, 2022, based on each retailer’s completion of the process of preparing for contract-free formula sales.

This waiver allows each WIC participant to choose from retailer equivalent brands if the non-recalled Similac formula is not available. Entrants are encouraged to first select the Similac branded formula, when available.

Most WIC participants who already have plan benefits issued to their eWIC card will not need to return to their local WIC office to redeem alternate plan types at the retailer. If a participant wishes to change the type of form they have issued, they will need to return to their local WIC office.

Approved alternatives to Similac products are listed below.

Type of formula issued

Other type of formula

12.4 oz Similac Advance Powder 12.5 oz Enfamil Infant Powder
12.4 oz Enfamil Reguline Powder
12.5 oz Parent’s Choice baby powder
12.4 oz Parent’s Choice Advantage powder
12.7 oz Nestle NAN 1 Pro Infant Powder
Similac Total Comfort Powder 12.6 oz 12.4 oz Enfamil Gentlease Powder
12 oz Parent’s Choice Soft Powder
12.7 oz Gerber Good Start Soft Powder
12.5 oz Similac for spitting powder 12.9 oz Enfamil AR Powder
12.5 oz Similac Sensitive powder 12 oz Parent’s Choice Sensitivity Powder
12.4 oz Gerber Good Start SoothePro Powder
12.4 oz Similac Soy Isomil Powder Enfamil ProSobee Powder 12.9oz
32 oz Similac Advance ready to serve 32 oz Enfamil Infant ready to use
13 oz Similac Advance Concentrate 13 oz Enfamil Infant Concentrate

Missouri WIC will continue to provide updates of any program changes to ensure the program offers the most options possible for WIC infants.

Generally, federal WIC regulations prohibit non-contract preparations unless there is a medically documented need for an exempt preparation. Missouri WIC received a waiver of this requirement in response to shortages caused by Abbott’s recall.

Missourians interested in learning more about WIC benefits can visit the Missouri WIC website or call TEL-LINK at 1-800-835-5465 to find the local WIC agency in their county.

WIC is funded by the USDA and is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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