|Submitted||Feb. 18, 2013|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All studies submitted to the FDA for approval of genetically engineered salmon between 2000-2012.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
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.
An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.
Our office received a form documenting a Freedom of Information request you filed for information concerning genetically engineered salmon. Unfortunately, the form did not attach a copy of the actual request so we are not sure what information you are requesting. The form also did not list a contact phone number or email address. I obtained this email address from the Muckrock website. Would you please clarify what information you seek to obtain? Keep in mind that a FDA has made a tremendous amount of information concerning the salmon public on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/GeneticEngineering/GeneticallyEngineeredAnimals/ucm280853.htm.
If you scroll down on this page to the documents that FDA made public in association with the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee Meeting , in particular the briefing packet for the committee, you will find a great deal of information and data on the salmon.
Sr. Policy Advisor
Animal Biotechnology Interdisciplinary Group
Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA
7500 Standish Place
Hi Ms. Epstein,
The original request was "All studies submitted to the FDA for approval of genetically engineered salmon between 2000-2012." The page you provided does provide a lot of information -- are there any studies that were submitted but not included there?
I don't believe so but I can double check. I think the difference is that the raw data from the studies was not posted and instead more analysis and information from FDA's review was there. Have you also looked at the draft environmental assessment that was posted for public comment in December? You can access it on regulations.gov.
I just talked to a couple of the scientists who reviewed the data about this. The answer to your question is somewhat nuanced. Could you give me a call to discuss? My number is 240-276-9844. Thanks.
Oops. Meant to send this to our foia person. My apologies!
Per our conversation today, it seems as though the information you've provided satisfies the request. I really appreciate your help.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 18, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thank you for your help.
Hello, is this email from Tom Nash? I am not sure where this email originated from as it concerns a request that was closed. Thanks.