At this time, the Texas WIC program and the contract formula company is covering the cost of almost any brand or size of standard milk or soy based infant formula that families can find at stores that accept WIC. Texas WIC understands the struggles that families are facing and we are doing everything in our power to find and create solutions.
Date: June 17, 2021
Contact: WIC Division, Port Arthur Health Department
Texas WIC Adds Formula Options For Families Affected By Recall
TexasWIC.org Publishes List of Temporarily Added Formula Options
PORT ARTHUR,TX – Texas WIC is actively working with the USDA and Abbott, the makers of Similac, on the impact of the recent infant formula recall on families, and WIC has temporarily added more options.
For Similac Advance, Similac Total Comfort, Similac Sensitive, and Similac for Spit-Up, WIC has temporarily added more options. For a list of alternative brands temporarily added by WIC, parents can visit texashhs.org/wicfoodupdates and visit TexasWIC.org for the most up-to-date information on alternative formulas. Parents who cannot find the brands or sizes listed on the website at the store are encouraged to contact their local WIC office, WIC Division, 449 Austin Avenue, Port Arthur, (409) 983-8845 for assistance. More brands will be added as needed.
For Alimentum, Similac PM 60/40, Elecare and Elecare Jr., clients will need to contact their health care provider to ask for a new prescription. These are highly specialized formulas that are prescribed for specific reasons, so a health care provider must be consulted to make sure that the formula will meet the infant’s medical need.
Texas WIC has sent text messages directly to clients who may be impacted by the recent recall.
If a WIC client has powdered formula affected by this recall, they should return it to the store or contact Abbott Labs at 1-800-986-8540 for replacement. The WIC program has notified authorized grocers that WIC customers should be treated like all other customers related to this recall. If WIC clients are unable to exchange recalled formula or find an alternative at the store, they can contact their WIC office for assistance.
Port Arthur Health Department
Women, Infants, Children (WIC) Division
449 Austin Avenue
Port Arthur, TX 77640
If someone has purchased powdered baby or toddler formula with the brand names Similac, Alimentum or EleCare, the first thing they should do is check to see if their formula was affected at https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/product-lookup.html. Look at the bottom of the can or container and find the lot number and enter it into the website. If recalled, do not use it, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get a replacement. Abbott can be contacted at 1-800-986-8540.
Parents can contact their baby’s health care provider if their baby recently drank one of the recalled products and are experiencing fever, not eating well, excessive crying, low energy, or other symptoms.
If formula was not included in the recall, families can still use it.
Because babies need a specific balance of nutrients, you should NOT water down infant formula or make homemade formula. If you cannot find any available formula, talk to your pediatrician about other alternatives. Read more from a trusted pediatrician.
About Texas WIC
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which is administered by Texas HHSC, is a nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5. Texas WIC helps improve the diets of infants and children as well as pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women by providing monthly healthy food packages, nutrition counseling, education and breastfeeding support. For more information, visit the Texas WIC website.