National Pork Board Records Related to Cultured Meat

Cristian Salazar filed this request with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2019-AMS-00115-F

Status
Completed

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From: Cristian Salazar


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

--Records from the National Pork Board: 1) All documents and emails referring to or mentioning the marketing, research and assessment of lab-grown meat products (also known as "cultured meat," "clean meat," "in vitro meat," "synthetic meat," "vat grown meat") created between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 22, 2019; 2) All emails or records referring to or mentioning Memphis Meats and other lab-grown meat producers created between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 22, 2019.

I am making this request as an independent journalist and fellow with Sentient Media (sentientmedia.org) and this request is made as part of newsgathering. As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages.

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,

Cristian Salazar

From: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service

Dear Mr. Salazar,

This email confirms receipt of your attached FOIA request. Your requested was received on March 27, 2019 and assigned tracking number 2019-AMS-00115-F. Please reference this number in any future communications with our office regarding your request.

Pursuant to the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. ยง 552(a)(6)(A)(i), AMS has 20 business days upon receipt of your request to make a determination. In unusual circumstances, such as the agency's backlog, the need to examine a voluminous amount of records required by the request, or the need to consult with another agency, AMS can extend the 20-day time limit for processing a request. AMS generally processes FOIA requests on a "first-in/first-out" basis. However, the actual processing time will depend upon the complexity of your request, including whether it involves sensitive or voluminous records, business submitter records, extensive searches, and/or multiple consultations both within and outside of the Agency.

We will comply with your request to the fullest extent permissible by law. Any records not subject to an exemption will be forwarded to you promptly upon completion of AMS' search and review process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact Jewell Little at 202-572-5441 or by email at jewell.little@usda.gov<mailto:jewell.little@usda.gov>.

Best regards,

Jewell Little
FOIA Analyst
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
(202)572-5441
jewell.little@ams.usda.gov<mailto:jewell.little@ams.usda.gov>
AMS.FOIA@ams.usda.gov<mailto:AMS.FOIA@ams.usda.gov>

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From: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service

Dear Mr. Salazar,

In conversing with the program office that maintains the records responsive to your above referenced request, it has been determined that the number of records is voluminous. As such, it is taking a much longer time to complete their processing than expected. A very large number of these records are news aggregates which contain a lot of duplicative material that is a compilation of information that is publicly available. If you would agree to exclude this type of record from the record set, we would be able to make a much quicker response to your request.

Please reply letting us know if we can exclude the news aggregates from the records that are responsive to your request. Once we hear from you, we should have a better idea of when we expect to make a response.

Thank you,
Jewell Little

From: Cristian Salazar

Dear Jewel Little,

Thank you for the response. Yes, please exclude the news aggregates from the records. I appreciate the heads up.

Sincerely,
Cristian Salazar

From: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service

Dear Mr. Salazar,

We originally responded to the above request on July 5, 2019. Considering that we are receiving this additional inquiry about a response, we are sending another response by dividing the size of the records in case the size of the original interfered with its transmission to you.

This email contains the first of 2 emails with a final response to the above FOIA request.

Thank you,

Jewell Little
Sr. FOIA Analyst
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
(202)572-5441
jewell.little@usda.gov<mailto:jewell.little@usda.gov>
AMS.FOIA@usda.gov<mailto:AMS.FOIA@usda.gov>

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From: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service

Dear Mr. Salazar,

This is the 2nd and final email containing the final response to the above FOIA request.

Thank you,

Jewell Little
Sr. FOIA Analyst
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
(202)572-5441
jewell.little@usda.gov<mailto:jewell.little@usda.gov>
AMS.FOIA@usda.gov<mailto:AMS.FOIA@usda.gov>

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