Mad Cow Plans

Lukas Knight filed this request with the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA-2016-00231
Status
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From: Lukas Knight

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Contingency plans for outbreaks of mad cow disease in the United States.

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,

Lukas Knight

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

Lukas Knight,

USDA has received your FOIA request below. The FOIA Service Center needs clarification, specifically whether you are seeking records relating to the National Residue Program Data (Red Book) collected by FSIS from beef tissue samples and any contingency plan stemming from that?

Thanks very much.

Christine Jordan
FOIA Service Center

From: Lukas Knight

Yes, that is correct. In the event that mad cow disease is found to be in the beef tissue samples of American cattle, what sort of a response is planned by the agency. Any documents pertaining to this would satisfy my request. Thank you.

From: Jordan, Christine - OCIO

Good morning, Mr. Knight.

This e-mail acknowledges receipt of the clarification e-mail you sent on May 12, 2016, regarding your April 19, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request originally submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), FOIA Service Center (FSC). The FSC appreciates the follow-up message you sent today seeking a status update of your request.

The FSC is under the purview of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and serves as the focal point for USDA's FOIA program. The FSC provides coordination and ensures agency-wide compliance with the FOIA. The FSC processes requests and appeals on behalf of the Office of the Secretary and Departmental Management's ("DM") components. For a complete listing of DM's components, please visit http://www.dm.usda.gov/agencies.htm.

Following a review of your FOIA request, it has been routed to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for processing and direct response to you. In the event you have questions regarding your request, please contact FSIS using the information below:

Arianne Perkins, FOIA Officer
Food Safety & Inspection Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 2170-S
Washington, DC 20250
Fax 202-690-3023
Email: FSIS.FOIA@usda.gov<mailto:FSIS.FOIA@usda.gov>

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this e-mail, please contact me at (202) 772-9091 or electronically at christine.jordan@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:christine.jordan@ocio.usda.gov> or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>. Your incoming request has been attached for your reference.

The FSC Team appreciates the opportunity to assist you.

Best,
Christine Jordan
Sr. FOIA Analyst/Attorney
USDA/OCIO Contractor
FOIA Service Center

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From: Food Safety and Inspection Service

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Waddell, Anne-Marie - FSIS

See attached.

Anne-Marie Waddell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
FOIA Office
Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Room 1180, South Building
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-0284
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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

The attached FOIA request is being forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: Henson, Terry A - APHIS

Mr. Knight,

We are in receipt of your FOIA request which was forwarded to our agency from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) agency (see email chain below). Based on the content of the email chains below we have interpreted your request as follows:

* I am requesting a copy of your agency response plan that addresses a finding of Mad Cow Disease in beef tissue samples of American cattle.

If we have properly interpreted your request please submit a reply email concurring with the FOIA description as stated above. With your concurrence we will move forward with processing your FOIA request.

Should you have any questions regarding this clarification I can be reached at 301/851-4086.
Thanks!

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Terry Henson | Management Analyst
legislative and Public Affairs - FOIA & Privacy Act
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Rd, Unit 50, Riverdale, MD 20737-1232
* 301-851-4086/ 301/734-5941(fax)

From: Lukas Knight

Hello!
Yes, that is correct, please proceed. Thanks!

From: McCain, KeWanda

Attached is a correspondence pertaining to your recent (FOIA) request.

From: Shipman, Janice M - APHIS

Good Afternoon,

Attached is the response pertaining to FOIA request 2016-APHIS-04840-F.

Thank you,

Janice Shipman-Hobbs
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act
Legislative and Public Affairs
Phone: (301) 851-4038
Fax: (301) 734-5941
E-mail: janice.m.shipman@aphis.usda.gov<mailto:janice.m.shipman@aphis.usda.gov>

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