Minnesota WIC Program announced formula changes beginning Oct. 1
(ABC 6 News) – Beginning October 1, the Minnesota WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program will offer Enfamil milk-based infant formulas and will no longer offer Similac milk-based infant formulas.
This is the result of a new contract bidding cycle that takes place every five years, not a result of the recent Abbott recall. The soy formula contract will remain with Abbott and continue to be Isomil (Similac).
Beginning in October, MN WIC will offer the following standard contract formulas:
- Enfamil Infant Formula (12.5 oz. powder, 13.0 oz. concentrate)
- Enfamil Gentlease (12.4 oz. powder) ? Enfamil Reguline (12.4 oz powder)
- Enfamil A.R. Added Rice (12.9 oz. powder)
Infants receiving soy formula will continue receiving Abbott Nutrition soy formula.
- Similac Soy Isomil (12.4 oz. powder, 13.0 oz. concentrate)
Minnesota WIC currently offers many substitutions as formula supply continues to recover from a nationwide recall and shortage.
Minnesota WIC will provide more information closer to October 1 about substitutes beyond the standard contract formula products and if they will be options for WIC families.
Their hope is Mead Johnson will have adequate supply by October 1 for families, so Minnesota WIC will no longer need to offer substitutes.
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