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Texas WIC Vendor Quarterly Webinar - November 7

Join WIC Vendors at their Quarterly Webinar to discuss latest updates on increased CVB's, for Fruits and Vegetables, Formula Contract Updates, FY23 New Foods, EBT Certification Process, PLU Mapping, LEB Labeling, Not to Exceed Updates, Contract Renewals, Policy Updates. 

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Registration Open for Texas Retailers Association Forum

The Texas Retailers Association will be hosting this year's forum at the Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center in Round Rock, Texas, September 26-28, 2022. Registration is open to attendees and sponsor/vendor/exhibitor opportunities are available. Please click below to register today!   

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Infant Formula Updates - Product Availability

On May 24, the FDA announced that the U.K.’s Kendamil will send three types of routine formula to the U.S. including Classic First Infant Milk Stage 1, Organic First Infant Milk Stage 1, and Goat First Infant Milk Stage 1. These products are expected to land on U.S. store shelves beginning in June. The USDA will provide technical assistance soon regarding the potential allowability of these products in the WIC Program and other nutrition assistance programs. USDA is gathering details/specifications on the product.  

Details about the company’s distribution plan are not yet available. Kendamil has set up a website for consumers to receive updates and locate product once it arrives in the U.S. The FDA also has posted a webpage that will be updated with information about additional products headed to the U.S.  

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Vendor Guidance on Formula Recall

To help mitigate the issues created by the Similac infant formula recall, Texas WIC encourages grocers to use the maximum flexibility possible to ensure WIC participants receive safe formula. Texas WIC is adding additional Universal Product Codes (UPCs) to the Authorized Product List (APL) to enable more formula options at the register for WIC clients.  Texas WIC encourages the vendor community to allow any suitable Similac branded product that has not been recalled. Where that is not possible, please allow any other formula the WIC client presents that will scan through to be redeemed.

If a participant still can't get the needed formula with the added UPCs, stores can decrement the card for the formula the WIC client was originally issued and replace with comparable sizes and brands, or combinations of sizes and brands, to come up with similar total ounces for participants.  While we want participants to get full benefits wherever possible, a few ounces above or below is an acceptable substitution. 

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Voluntary Recall of Similac Infant Formula Products

Abbott Nutrition has initiated a proactive, voluntary recall of powder infant formulas, including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan. Abbott is voluntarily recalling these products after four consumer complaints related to illnesses in infants who had consumed powder infant formula manufactured in this facility.

The FDA advises consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas if:

  • 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 (April 2022) or later.
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Texas Retailers Announces John McCord as Executive Director

Austin, TX - Today the Texas Retailers Association announced John McCord has been selected as their new Executive Director. McCord joins TRA after leading legislative efforts for the National Federation of Independent Business in Texas for the past three years. He will assume the role in mid-February. 

“On behalf of myself, the association membership and the board of directors we would like to welcome John McCord as the new Executive Director...

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Texas Retailers Give Back

We want to shine a light on some retailers that have stepped up in times of crisis, to respond to the community with donations, and financial commitments that help to aid those in need during these unprecedented times. To all of these, and more retailers that are doing what they can during this time -- THANK YOU!

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