Temporary Formula Alternatives for WIC Clients

On February 17, 2022, Abbott issued a voluntary recall for certain powder formulas including Similac Advance, Similac Sensitive, Similac Spit Up, Similac Total Comfort, Alimentum and Elecare infant formulas.

Since late February, ITCA has allowed alternate formulas to be purchased to ensure that families had the flexibility to purchase formulas available on store shelves in their areas. ITCA expanded options to include alternative brands, types and container sizes of formula. Currently, most of the Similac brand formulas are back on store shelves so ITCA will be gradually ending the alternate options.

Select the formula type or size listed in your benefits to determine the last date the alternate products may be purchased.


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 What if I can’t find the formula that is in my benefits at the store?

Contact your local WIC clinic for assistance or call 800-360-6150.

Where can I find more information about the safety of Similac formulas?

WIC clients may visit https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/nutrition-health-and-wellness/abbott-update-on-powder-formula-recall.html for information about the safety of formula being produced.

Can I give my baby homemade formula or cow’s milk?

Do not use homemade formulas or substitute water or cow’s milk for formula. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents and caregivers not replace formula purchased at the store with homemade formulas because of health and safety concerns. Homemade formulas, water and cow’s milk may become contaminated or may not contain adequate amounts of critical nutrients. These problems could lead to serious illness or could be life-threatening.