Missouri WIC implements third USDA infant formula waiver – Newstalk KZRG

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri WIC is announcing a new temporary waiver that will allow the purchase of larger formula containers using WIC benefits during the Abbott infant formula recall event.

This temporary waiver allows Missouri WIC participants to purchase larger containers of formula if the standard size Similac formula is not available at authorized WIC retailers. Participants can start purchasing additional sizes of formula as early as March 16.

If applicable, entrants are encouraged to select the Similac branded formula first. This waiver will be used until at least April 30, 2022 to allow time for Abbott to restock retailers with Similac products. Missouri WIC will assess the situation on a monthly basis thereafter to determine the need to maintain the waiver.

Most WIC participants who already have plan benefits issued on their eWIC card will not need to return to their local WIC office to redeem alternate plan types or sizes 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.

The extensive list of alternatives to Similac products is 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
30.8 oz Similac Advance Powder
30.8 oz Similac Pro-Advance Powder
Similac 360 Total Care Powder 30.8oz
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
29.8 oz Similac Pro-Total Comfort Powder
27.4oz Enfamil Neuropro Gentlease
29.8 oz Parent’s Choice Complete Comfort
32 oz Gerber Good Start GentlePro
33.2 oz Soft Tippy Toes
12.5 oz Similac for spitting powder 12.9 oz Enfamil AR Powder
27.4 oz Enfamil AR powder
32.2 oz rice added of parent’s choice
12.5 oz Similac Sensitive powder 12 oz Parent’s Choice Sensitivity Powder
12.4 oz Gerber Good Start SoothePro Powder
29.8 oz Similac Sensitive Powder
Similac Pro-Sensitive Powder 29.8 oz
30.2 oz Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive 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.

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

Pursuant to federal civil rights law and the civil rights regulations and policies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA, its agencies, offices, employees, and institutions are prohibited from participating in or administering USDA programs to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or retaliation or retaliation for prior activity in respect of civil rights in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA. Information about non-discrimination and complaints is available on our website at wic.mo.gov.

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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