Frequently Asked Question for imported formula for Oregon WIC participants

Shipments of infant formula are arriving from Australia and Europe as a part of Operation Fly Formula and will be on the shelves soon. This Frequently Asked Questions document is specific to the imported formulas available for WIC participants.


Which formulas are available to Oregon WIC participants from Operation Fly Formula?
The following formulas have been added as alternatives to Similac Advance:
• Kendamil Classic First Infant Milk Stage 1, 900 g/31.75 oz can
• Kendamil Organic First Infant Milk Stage 1, 800 g/28.2 oz can
• Bubs Organic Grass Fed Infant Formula Stage 1, 800g/28.2 oz can
The following formula has been added as an alternative to Similac Sensitive:
• Bubs Supreme A2 Beta-Casein Protein Infant Formula Stage 1, 800 g/28.2 oz can

How were the formulas selected?
The Food and Nutrition Service USDA granted a waiver under the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022 allowing WIC State agencies to authorize and issue imported formulas. Imported formulas must meet the Food and Drug Administration and WIC requirements for infant formula. The imported formula must meet the following criteria to be approved:
• Manufacturers must be registered with the FDA
• Infant formula must be Iron fortified. The iron level must be at least 0.6mg/100mL
• Infant formula must have an energy level of at least 19 Calories/oz
Oregon WIC chose to participate in this waiver process to provide imported formula that met those standards.

I don’t know how to mix it. The instructions are in metric. What do I do?”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created an infographic with helpful information on mixing imported formulas, including conversions from metric to imperial measurements. This infographic is available here: https://tinyurl.com/Metric-Mixing. The infographic is also attached to the June 10,
2022 Formula Update email.

Where will these formulas be sold?
We do not know for sure which stores will receive formulas imported through Operation Fly Formula at this time. WIC participants can purchase these formulas at any Oregon WIC authorized store that has them in stock. We have heard from Target that they will be getting the Kendamil Classic and Kendamil Organic formula. We will continue to share any updates from Oregon WIC vendors as we receive them.

When will these formulas be available to purchase?
We do not know for sure when these formulas will be available in Oregon WIC authorized stores. One estimate is that some formulas may have been imported on June 9, 2022. It will take several days or more to distribute to stores. The four formulas available for Oregon WIC participants were added to TWIST on
June 8, 2022. It typically takes 5-7 days from the date added to TWIST for products to be available for WIC participants to purchase with their eWIC cards once the formulas reach stores.

How do I know that these formulas are safe to feed my child?

Only formulas which met specific requirements by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were allowed to be imported. The formulas selected to be made available for Oregon WIC participants have been reviewed by the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, and Oregon WIC. Formulas that have been made available for Oregon WIC participants must meet the following criteria:
• Manufacturers must be registered with the FDA
• Infant formulas must be Iron fortified. The iron level must be at least 0.6mg/100ml
• Have an energy level of at least 19 Calories/oz

Will more formulas be added?
Oregon WIC will review the formulas available through Operation Fly Formula and approved for the FDA/USDA waiver for WIC programs when they become available. We will continue to update Oregon WIC vendors, local agencies, and participants. The Temporary Replacements to Powder Formula document available in the WICShopper App and on our website will be updated as changes are made.