Infant Formula Shortage Info

Utah WIC is doing all that we can to help you navigate the infant formula recall and the resulting formula shortage. Please review the information below for tips to find formula and keep your baby healthy. We will keep you updated about any changes as we learn them through a variety of methods, including our website, the WIC Shopper app, text messages, social media channels, etc.

How long will the formula supply shortage last?
We are not sure when the shortage will be fully resolved, but most infant formulas are now widely available in Utah grocery stores. Abbott Nutrition has reopened their facility and is producing the formulas that had been recalled in February.

What formula will I get from WIC during the shortage?
Utah WIC is temporarily offering alternative standard infant formulas to participants who have trouble finding their normal product.

How are clinics issuing substitute formulas to WIC participants?
The food packages for recalled formulas have been updated to state the type of formula (standard, sensitive, spit-up, and comfort) and include substitute formulas approved to purchase in place of the recalled formula. This allows the participant to purchase any of the formulas included in the substitute formula food package.

Formula Substitution GuideSPANISH Formula Substitution Guide

If you are having trouble finding the can size, brand or form of infant formula issued in your WIC benefits, please contact the clinic to see if other alternatives can be added to your eWIC card.

Can I mix and match the different substitute formulas in a food package?
Yes. If the substitute formula food package that you are assigned has multiple options of formulas that are available to purchase in that food package, you can purchase different types of substitute formulas, up to the number of cans issued each month. However, all formulas purchased need to be in the same food package in order to be taken off of your eWIC card. I.e., if you have the Standard Infant Formula food package on your eWIC card with 9 cans each month, you could purchase 5 cans of Enfamil Infant and 4 cans of Gerber Good Start Gentle (or any combination of these two formulas up to the 9 cans issued).

Can I switch to a different formula if I am receiving Similac Elecare or Alimentum?
Similac Elecare and Alimentum are considered medical formulas, which always require a doctor’s prescription [WIC Food and Formula Authorization Form (FAFAF)] in order to change. We recommend that you speak with your health care provider about alternative formulas for Similac Elecare and Alimentum if you cannot find them, and get a new FAFAF so WIC can continue providing you with needed formula benefits.

What if I can’t find infant formula to feed my baby?

Please check all stores in your area for infant formula. Speak with your doctor if you are having trouble feeding or finding formula for your baby.

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The Baby Your Baby Hotline is available to take questions about the infant formula shortage from the public, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The hotline can be reached at 1-800-826-9662.

The federal government has created the following web page to assist families in finding infant formula during this temporary shortage: hhs.gov/formula

Please check back to this web page for regular updates.