FD: 13 Food Selection Criteria (New)
|Effective Date: 10/11||Downloads: PDF Version||Revised Date: 10/16|
The State of Nevada WIC Program shall provide a reasonable selection of nutritious foods within each category and will consider the following factors: participant nutritional needs, participant cultural preferences, cost, and state and program wide availability.
In addition to the criteria specified in this policy, the State of Nevada WIC Program reserves the right to restrict the number of brands and types of any products. The State of Nevada WIC Program are not obligated to authorize every available food that meets federal requirements.
Foods and their packaging shall be evaluated based on the following factors: nutritional considerations, cost, package size, product distribution within the areas served by the State of Nevada WIC Program, participant acceptance and administrative feasibility.
A. NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
- WIC foods shall meet all federal requirements specified in 7 C.F.R. §246.1 et seq. Refer to: Final Food Rule (PDF)
- The allowed food products must be compatible with current nutrition and public health recommendations for maternal, infant and child health.
- The food package shall offer a variety of types and brands of the allowed foods to ensure that all participant dietary needs shall be considered. (i.e., high fiber cereals, low-fat milk, lactose-free milk, etc.)
B. ACCEPTABILITY OF FOODS
Foods shall be selected that can be consumed by the majority of participants and shall consider cultural and special food needs of the participants.
- Cultural food beliefs, preferences and practices shall be considered when evaluating a food item based upon participant characteristics, and responses to customer satisfaction surveys.
- Environmental concerns and ease of preparation may also determine allowable forms and packaging of specific foods.
C. AVAILABILITY OF FOODS
The selection of food products for the WIC Food Package shall be determined based on availability at the retail and wholesale level in urban and rural areas of Nevada.
- Change in formulations of an authorized food item may be reviewed at any time and the food item may be removed if it does not continue to meet the food selection requirements.
- The cost of food items shall be considered prior to authorization.
- When there is an immediate (soon after being authorized) or a ten percent (10%) increase in the cost of an authorized food, it may be reviewed to assess the impact to the Program’s budget and may be removed from the food list when the impact is relevant.
- With the exception of the fruit and vegetable cash value benefit (CVB), State of Nevada and ITCN WIC Programs have a “NO ORGANIC” policy.
|Fruits and Vegetables||
*Canned refers to processed food items in cans or other shelf-stable containers (e.g. jars, pouches).
|100% Whole Wheat Bread||
|Tofu||Plain, calcium-set tofu, which is:
|Soy Beverage||Brands – flavors
|Canned Fish||Tuna: any brand
Sardines: Any Brand
Fruits and Vegetables
|Milk||Least expensive brand of these types of unflavored, pasteurized non-organic milk in quarts, half gallons and gallons:
Milk can be sold in quarts, half-gallons and gallon.
|Cheese||Any brand of these types of domestic cheese (or combination of the listed types) in 16 oz. packages only made from 100% pasteurized non-organic milk:
Cheese may be:
|Eggs||Least Expensive Brand
|Canned/Dried beans, peas, or lentils
|Peanut Butter||Any brand of these types of non-organic peanut butters in 16 to 18 oz. containers:
|Cereal||12 oz. boxes or larger 36 oz. box maximum
|8 oz. boxes of dry Gerber or Beechnut infant cereal. (unless otherwise specified on the shopping list)
|Juice – 64 ounce bottles or carton, single strength
Note: This container size is for children only
|100% fruit juice, unsweetened and pasteurized
|Juice – 11.5 or 12 ounce cans, frozen or “pourable”
Frozen and pourable juices reconstitutes to 48 fluid ounces.
Note: This container size is available to women only.
|100% fruit juice
F. NEVADA WIC PROGRAMS’ WIC FOOD AUTHORIZATION PROCEDURE
The State of Nevada and ITCN WIC programs are responsible for developing a list of foods in accordance with federal requirements for selection by the WIC participants in the State of Nevada.
All foods must meet nutrient standards as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (7 C.F.R §246 et.seq.).
To provide a uniform method of approving brand specific foods for the State of Nevada WIC Programs Approved Foods List, the following process will be used for authorization of food products for the State of Nevada and ITCN WIC Programs.
1. Submission deadline for consideration of WIC food package items in Nevada is April 30th. Review and evaluation of the food products for the WIC Approved Foods List for the Nevada WIC Programs is May-June of every year. Implementation of all decisions concerning the selected food items is on October 1st of the same year.
2. Food products presented for approval must be commercially available statewide in Nevada for 1 year prior to eligibility consideration with no problem of distribution, recall, or documented health problems associated with the product.
3. The food company representative shall furnish the following:
a) Copies of actual package flats or labels
b) Nutrient analysis for the product (i.e., milligrams of iron per 100 grams of cereal, milligrams of sucrose ad sugars per 100 grams of cereal, etc.)
c) Ingredients listing descending by weight.
d) All available forms of the product. (i.e., single strength versus frozen concentrated juice, cold versus hot, canned versus jarred)
e) Average suggested retail price for each container size available.
f) Length of time product has been available in the Nevada market.
g) Store distribution list for the products in Nevada.
h) A current list of UPC codes.
I) Any product literature that may provide additional details.
j) For whole grain bread and whole grain cereals: written confirmation from the manufacturer that their product(s) meets the minimum Federal WIC regulatory requirements for the “whole grain foods with a moderate fat content” health claim.
4. The food company’s summary of current statewide distribution shall be in writing and shall include, but is not limited to:
a) Identification of the wholesaler(s) carrying the product; and
b) An assessment of when the new product will replace the old product on store shelves (when there is a change in the product formulation).
5. The Nevada WIC Programs Vendor Coordinators shall evaluate each food product based on applicable federal, state and local laws, requirements and the State of Nevada and ITCN Food Selection Criteria. All foods must comply with FDA Standards of Identity as explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.
6. The Nevada WIC Programs Vendor Coordinators shall verify product availability and price information for all foods submitted that meet the federal, local and state requirements. This may be accomplished by completing site visits to at least 10% of each Program’s rural independent population of authorized Vendors and documenting the above-mentioned information. A request will be developed and sent to each authorized Vendor Chain Corporation requesting input and submission of their data on the products.
7. The Vendor Coordinators shall review all data and recommendations and shall present their recommendations to the WIC Directors form the State of Nevada and ITCN WIC Programs in June.
8. The WIC Directors’ (Nevada and ITCN) acceptance or denial of all or part of the recommendations will be final.
9. The Vendor Coordinators and/or the WIC Directors will notify the food companies of acceptance or denial of the food products and the Vendor Coordinators will disseminate information regarding upcoming changes to the authorized foods.
10. There shall be opportunities to review food products outside the established time frame. The Vendor Coordinators shall determine when special reviews are necessary and make decisions as to how a limited process shall occur. Special circumstances that may require additional reviews include but are not limited to:
- Changes in federal regulations
- Changes in product formulations that make the authorized product ineligible
- Changes in product packaging that cause difficulties in product purchases
- Changes in price that negatively impact one or more of the Nevada WIC Programs’ budget(s)
- Changes in product availability due to unforeseen circumstances, i.e., natural disasters that negatively impact participant variety.
11. Food items that are not brand specific that meet all of the applicable requirements may be added throughout the year. (i.e., Baby foods least expensive items, tortillas etc.)