American Egg Board Minutes

Kaleigh Rogers filed this request with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-AMS-06214-F
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From: Kaleigh Rogers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all meeting minutes from the American Egg Board recorded from May 3, 2016 through July 31, 2017.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Previous minute meetings have revealed the AEB's efforts to undermine the marketing of Just Mayo, an egg-free mayonnaise alternative, violating the terms of the egg checkoff program. Given that Target, a major marketer, has pulled Just Mayo from its shelves following a Food and Drug Administration report, something the Egg Board had previously expressed interest in, further minutes would be of great public interest. I have already reported on this ongoing tension (https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/z43wqe/how-big-egg-tried-to-control-your-mayonnaise), and I request these records for the purposes of further reporting. This will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE Media's science and tech news site.

If a fee waiver cannot be granted, please process this in the "media" fee category. In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
Kaleigh Rogers

From: Busky, EShelly - AMS

Dear Ms. Rogers:

This email confirms receipt of your FOIA request (see attached). Your request was received on
August 21, 2017 and assigned tracking number 2017-AMS-06214-F. Please refer to this tracking
number whenever contacting us regarding this request.

The FOIA regulation 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i) requires USDA to make a determination in response to
a FOIA request within 20 business days from its date of receipt. In unusual circumstances, the
Federal agency time limit may be extended by 10 business days as stated in 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B).

E. Shelly Busky
AMS FOIA Officer
Management & Analysis Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Room 2709 - South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0203
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From: Little, Jewell (CTR) - AMS

Dear Ms. Rogers,

This email is to provide notification to you that an extension of up to 10 working days is being invoked to prepare a response in the above referenced FOIA request. This extension is necessary because of the need to search for records outside AMS's program office. The authorization for this extension is provided by the FOIA which states: "In unusual circumstances, the Federal agency time limit may be extended by 10 business days as stated in 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)."
Thank you,

Jewell Little
Senior FOIA Analyst/Attorney
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Stop 0202
Washington, D.C. 20250
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From: Kaleigh Rogers

Dear Ms. Little:

I would like to follow-up to inquire about the status of my request. I believe we have now passed the 10 working day extension for a delayed response.

Thanks kindly
Kaleigh

From: Busky, EShelly - AMS

Dear Ms. Rogers:

Please find enclosed our response to the above referenced FOIA.

E. Shelly Busky
AMS FOIA Officer
Management & Analysis Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 2709 - South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0203
W (202) 720-2763
C (202) 222-8616
EShelly.Busky@ams.usda.gov<mailto:EShelly.Busky@ams.usda.gov>

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

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