WIC Food Package Should Be Based on Science

June 11, 2010

Several foods offered
through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and
Children (WIC) are now sold in higher-priced versions containing “functional
ingredients” that manufacturers claim confer health and developmental benefits
– claims that have not been independently verified. This Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities report argues that pending WIC reauthorization legislation
should establish a science-based mechanism to examine whether these costly
ingredients would actually benefit program participants.