FDA: Records of conference calls, correspondence, regarding kratom

Anthony Roberts filed this request with the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2017-4212
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Appeal

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From: anthony roberts

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am seeking all correspondence and records/copies of correspondence between the FDA and local/state law enforcement agencies regarding kratom. In the case that these correspondences were made via physical mail or email, I am seeking copies. In the case that there were phone calls made (conference calls or individual calls), I am seeking both records of their existence and metadata where available (i.e. length of call, numbers called, names of people on the call, etc...plus internal memorandum and emails that reference those calls).

I am also seeking any and all records of correspondence between the FDA and credit card processing services regarding kratom, which should be construed as a request for the same detailed information as above.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

anthony roberts

From: Food and Drug Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Jones, Kimberly (CFSAN)

Good Afternoon Mr. Roberts,

This email is in reference to your Freedom of Information Act 2017-4212 request for records relating to KRATOM - CORR, PHONE CALLS, CREDIT CARD PROCESSING SERVICES RECS, ETC.

We are unable to determine the date range for the records that you are requesting. Please contact me via email or by phone at the number listed below as soon as possible with the information identifying the dates for records. Your request will be placed on hold until we hear from you.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kimberly Jones
Administrative Support Specialist (CNI Technical Services Contractor)
Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Office of Regulations, Policy & Social Sciences (ORPSS)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
PH (240) 402-1825
Kimberly.jones@fda.hh.gov

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From: anthony roberts

Hello-

I am looking for records between January 1st, 2012 and May 1st, 2017.

Thank you.

From: Jones, Kimberly (CFSAN)

Thanks Mr. Roberts.

Kimberly Jones
Administrative Support Specialist (CNI Technical Services Contractor)
Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Office of Regulations, Policy & Social Sciences (ORPSS)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
PH (240) 402-1825
Kimberly.jones@fda.hh.gov

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From: Wilde, Samantha

Dear Mr. Roberts,

This is in response to your May 9, 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records pertaining to:

* KRATOM - RECS BETWEEN FDA AND LOCAL/STATE LAW ENFORCCEMENT AGENCIES REGARDING KRATOM

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) conducted a search and is unable to locate any records responsive to your request.

Please be advised that your request has been submitted to another component office within FDA - the Office of Criminal Investigations. This office will reply to you directly. CFSAN considers your request closed.

While we believe that an adequate search of appropriate files was conducted for the records you requested, you have a right to appeal this determination. By filing an appeal, you preserve your rights under FOIA and give the agency a chance to review and reconsider your request and the agency's decision.
Your appeal must be mailed within 90 days from the date of this response, to:
Ms. Catherine Teti
Deputy Agency Chief FOIA Officer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Room 729H
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201

Please clearly mark both the envelope and your letter "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process, please contact samantha.wilde@fda.hhs.gov <mailto:samantha.wilde@fda.hhs.gov> or call 240-
402-0003. You may also contact the FDA FOIA Public Liaison for assistance at:

Office of the Executive Secretariat
US Food & Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1050
Rockville, MD 20857
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If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal FOIA Ombudsman's office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 202-741-5770
Toll-Free: 1-877-684-6448
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Fax: 202-741-5769

Sincerely,

Samantha Wilde
Samantha Wilde
Government Information Specialist
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Office of Regulations, Policy and Social Sciences (ORPSS)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Tel: 240-402-0003
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From: anthony roberts

Hi,

Thanks, Samantha, I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
anthony roberts

From: FDA FOIA

Attached is the response to your request.

Regards,

Katherine Uhl
Denials and Appeals Officer

Office of the Executive Secretariat
Division of Freedom of Information
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tel: 301-796-8975
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From: FDA FOIA

Corrected file number

Attached is the response to your request.

Regards,

Katherine Uhl
Denials and Appeals Officer

Office of the Executive Secretariat
Division of Freedom of Information
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tel: 301-796-8975

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From: Food and Drug Administration

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: anthony roberts

This is to serve as my official appeal to Freedom of Information Act request 2017-4212. While I recognize that perhaps information compiled for law enforcement purposes is not disclosable because it may interfere with proceedings, minimally it would seem that the request ought to have been granted in part, as the request included simple records and metadata (i.e. the time and date that a phone call was made, and to who, etc...). It strains even the most vivid imagination to picture a scenario where public disclosure of the time and date of a phone call would reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings.

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