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Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Former WIC Food Package Juice FAQs

Last Published: 11/19/2013

The following materials represent information about the WIC food packages prior to the 10/01/09 implementation of new regulations. Click here for information about the new food packages.

Frequently Asked WIC Food Package Questions

Juice Questions

1.  Are fruit drinks fortified with vitamin C WIC-eligible?

Fruit drinks are not WIC-eligible.  Federal regulations specify that juices authorized for use in the WIC Program must be 100 percent fruit and/or vegetable juice.  Juices must also contain 30 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 milliliters of juice.  State agencies are responsible for determining the brands and types of WIC-eligible juice approved for use on its State food list. 

2.   Is there a list of all approved juices for use in WIC?

The Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture does not keep a list of all juices that meet the Federal requirements.  The types and brands of juice offered vary from state to state.   State agency contact information.

3.  Is calcium-fortified juice WIC-eligible?

Calcium-fortified juice that meets the minimum Federal requirements for a WIC-eligible juice (100 percent fruit/vegetable juice that contains 30 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 milliliters of juice) is WIC-eligible.  It may be used for the fruit/vegetable juice component of the WIC food packages up to the maximum quantities for juice.  WIC State agencies have the option of approving calcium-fortified juice for inclusion on their lists of approved WIC juices, as they do with other WIC-eligible foods.  State agencies are encouraged to develop policies and procedures for local agencies to follow when issuing calcium-fortified juice.