|Submitted||Nov. 14, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the scientific and medical evaluation conducted by the FDA on kratom, in response to a DEA request, as described in this press release:
"In response to a request from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the FDA has conducted a comprehensive scientific and medical evaluation of two compounds found in kratom."
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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.
An interim response, stating the request is being processed.
Dear Mr. Roberts,
This is in response to your November 16, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records pertaining to "KRATOM- EVALUATION."
The Center Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) conducted a search and did not locate any records responsive to your request.
Please be advised that your request has been submitted to one or more component offices within FDA. These offices will reply to you directly. CFSAN considers this request closed.
While we believe that an adequate search of appropriate files was conducted for the records you requested in CFSAN, you have the 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: 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; e-mail FOIARequest@PSC.hhs.gov<mailto:FOIARequest@PSC.hhs.gov>. Please clearly mark both the envelope and your letter or e-mail "FDA Freedom of Information Act Appeal."
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The request has been rejected by the agency.