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.

The recall does not include any concentrate or ready-to-feed formulas, Isomil, Neosure or metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas although some stores have pulled these products from store shelves.

What formula can I purchase with my WIC benefits?

We are temporarily allowing different container sizes, types and brands of formula during this emergency recall of formula.

Formula Alternatives
Formula Alternatives Larger Sizes

If you have the WIC Shopper App, check to see all of your formula buying options this way:

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How to Check Benefits for Formula Alternatives PDF

What if I can’t find the formula or alternative in the store?

Contact the WIC clinic for a change in formula brand, type or size. You may want to check what is available at your store before contacting the WIC clinic.

Where can I find more Information about the recall?

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WIC clients may visit www.similacrecall.com or call 1-800-986-8540 to determine if they have product that is included in the recall.

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.