Women, Infants, and Children | WIC

Formula Shortage – Updated May 13, 2022

The Virginia WIC Program continues to navigate through the issues related to the nationwide infant formula shortage.  Following the Abbott formula recall, Virginia WIC was able to expand formula options available to WIC program participants.  The recently updated list of Virginia WIC-approved formula substitutions can be located below.

What Can Participants Do?

  • Contact authorized vendors or check online inventories to assess current stock levels of specific products
  • Utilize the Virginia WIC-Approved Formula Substitutions (below) if you cannot locate your originally prescribed formula.
  • Talk with your pediatrician about safe and appropriate feeding alternatives.
  • Speak with a breastfeeding expert if interested in Relactation visit CDC Guidance Supporting Families with Relactation
  • Contact your local WIC clinic or State WIC Office (877-835-5942).
  • If your child needs a special formula, please contact their health provider for recommendations for comparable formula to use.
  • If you are still unable to find a specialty formula, contact the manufacturer.

WIC-Approved Formula Substitutions

To find Virginia WIC-approved formula substitutions, see our
Approved Substitutions *Updated 4/20/22* 

FDA Public Health Advisory

The FDA has issued a Public Health Advisory for certain Similac brand or Elecare powdered infant formulas.  Abbott has also announced a voluntary recall of powder formula including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare.

Below is the list of Virginia WIC impacted products:

12.6 oz Total Comfort powder
12.5 oz Similac for Spit Up powder
All EleCare powder Infant and Jr. (all flavors)
All Alimentum powder

Partially Affected:
12.5 oz Similac Sensitive powder
12.4 oz Similac Advance powder
14.1oz Similac PM 60/40 powder (added to recall list 2/28)

Not Affected:
All concentrated liquids and ready to feeds

What Parents and Caregivers Should Do?

Identify if your formula is affected by the recall. There is a multi-digit number on the bottom of the container:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
  • The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
  • The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
  • Products should be checked by lot number here to see if they are included in the recall.

Do not use the recalled formula.

Do not throw away formula cans.

Return the recalled formula at the store for an unaffected product replacement or a refund. Stores may have removed all formula to sort out those affected by the recall and will replace soon.  If a replacement or refund for recalled formula is not available at the store, do not leave the recalled formula at the store or discard it.  Contact your local WIC office for a formula exchange.

Contact your physician if infant is experiencing any of the following symptoms: poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths, abnormal movements, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Parents and caregivers should never dilute infant formula and should not make or feed homemade infant formula to infants.

WIC is available for breastfeeding support. Contact your local WIC office.


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The goal of Virginia WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children (under 5 years) through better nutrition and access to health care. The Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, supplemental nutritious foods, counseling at WIC clinics, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services. To be eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must meet categorical, residential, income, and nutrition risk requirements.

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WIC participants are provided WIC benefits each month, and use their eWIC cards at authorized stores and commissary locations to purchase eligible WIC items. The Virginia WIC Program is committed to ensuring that WIC participants have reasonable access to authorized store locations.

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