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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AD77 Publication ID: Spring 2006 
Title: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Revisions in the WIC Food Packages 
Abstract: This proposed rule would revise regulations governing the WIC food packages to change age specifications for assignment to infant feeding packages; establish infant formula feeding or breastfeeding categories for infants; revise the maximum monthly allowances and minimum requirements for certain WIC foods; revise the substitution rates for certain WIC foods and allow additional foods as alternatives; add fruits and vegetables for WIC participants 6 months of age and older and eliminate juice from infants food package; add whole grains to food packages for children and women and baby food meat for fully breastfed infants 6 through 11 months of age; revise the purpose, content, and requirements for Food Package III; and address general provisions that apply to all food packages. The revisions reflect recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine in its report, WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change, and certain other administrative revisions deemed necessary by the Department. These revisions would bring the WIC food packages in line with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and current infant feeding practice guidelines, better promote and support the establishment of successful long-term breastfeeding, provide WIC participants with a wider variety of food, provide WIC State agencies with greater flexibility in prescribing food packages to accommodate participants with cultural food preferences, and serve all participants with certain medical provisions under one food package to facilitate efficient management of medically fragile participants. (05-006) 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR part 246     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 USC 1786   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  CN and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires issuance of final rule within 18 months of release of IOM Report  11/00/2006 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2006    
NPRM Comment Period End  06/00/2006    
Interim Final Rule  11/00/2006    
Interim Final Rule Effective  11/00/2006    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  05/00/2008    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www.fns.usda.gov/wic   Public Comment URL: www.fns.usda.gov/wic  
Agency Contact:
Sharon Ackerman
Agency Regulatory Officer
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Room 918, 3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 305-2246
Email: sheri.ackerman@fns.usda.gov