Pink slime (USDA)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2012-OCIO-02126-F
Status
Completed

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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records on, about, mentioning, or concerning "pink slime."

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.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: "Bridges, Greg -OCIO" <Greg.Bridges@ocio.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers

This email confirms receipt of your April 13, 2012 FOIA request. Please use the tracking number 2012-OCIO-02126-F in any further correspondence regarding this request. I have included my contact information in this email. Please contact me if you have questions.

Thank You for Contacting the USDA FOIA Service Center!

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Greg Bridges
FOIA Specialist
USDA
Patriot Center 3
355 E Street, NW
10-128A
Washington, DC 20054
202.694.0003

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From: "Bridges, Greg -OCIO" <Greg.Bridges@ocio.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers,

This email is in regards to our follow-up to our phone conversation on April 19, 2012. During the phone call, you changed the scope of your FOIA request #2012-OCIO-02126-F to the following:

"copies of all emails in the Office of the Secretary of the USDA, and in the Office of the Food Safety and Inspection Service of USDA, that contain the term "pink slime"

This new scope is the same one used for a FOIA request that was recently processed. If you would like to use this new scope then the material that was released to the requester of this request will be sent to you as well. You stated in the phone conversation that you would like the material to be emailed to you. If we are unable to send you the material in this manner, then the material will be placed on a compact disc and mailed to you. I will contact you with and request a mailing address, should we need to mail the material to you.

In order to continue processing this request, you must reply back to this email and state that you agree to these terms. If you have any questions please contact me.

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Greg Bridges
FOIA Specialist
USDA
Patriot Center 3
355 E Street, NW
10-128A
Washington, DC 20054
202.694.0003

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From: "Sharpe, Mary Frances - FSIS" <MaryFrances.Sharpe@fsis.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers:
We are in receipt of your FOIA request. Before we can begin a record search, we need the start and end date on your request. Our record retention is (3) years. Please respond back with the dates. Thank you.

Mary Frances Sharpe
USDA/FSIS/FOIA
Washington, DC 20250
Office: (202) 720-2109
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COOK: Cook To The Right Temperature CHILL: Refrigerate Food Promptly

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From: Sharpe, Mary Frances - FSIS

Mr. Smathers:
You submitted a FOIA request on April 13, 2012. I sent you an e-mail on April 19, 2012 at your preferred e-mail to get a clarification on your FOIA request. I have not received a reply back regarding a time spread on your request. Our record retention is (3) years.

Please respond back with the information so that we can begin processing a record search on your request.

Thank you,

Mary Frances Sharpe
Management Analyst
USDA/FSIS/FOIA
Washington, DC 20250
Office: (202) 720-2109
Be Food Safe: CLEAN: Wash Hands and Surfaces Often SEPARATE: Separate Raw Meats from Other Foods
COOK: Cook To The Right Temperature CHILL: Refrigerate Food Promptly

From: "Bridges, Greg -OCIO" <Greg.Bridges@ocio.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers,

This email is a follow-up an email sent to you on April 18, 2012 regarding your request (see attached). A response is needed from you by May 20, 2012. If we do not here from you by this date, then we must close your request.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Greg Bridges
FOIA Specialist
USDA
Patriot Center 3
355 E Street, NW

From: "Bridges, Greg -OCIO" <Greg.Bridges@ocio.usda.gov>

From: "FOIA - FNS" <FOIA@fns.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers,
We are requesting clarification on your request which is attached. Is there a certain timeframe around the records to assist us in our search? Also attached is the Congressional Research Service report. Please let me know if this report will satisfy your request. If not, please provide clarification to the specific records your are requesting.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA Officer
Information Management Branch
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov<mailto:jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov>
IMB Customer Survey<http://fncs/fns/mtf/man/imb/custsurvey/>

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From: Department of Agriculture

From: "FOIA - FNS" <FOIA@fns.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers,
I am following up on the email below. Please let me know if the attached document satisfies your request and if not clarification on the specific records you are seeking.

From: "Sharpe, Mary Frances - FSIS" <MaryFrances.Sharpe@fsis.usda.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers:

This is our third attempt to reach you regarding your FOIA request. Because we have not heard back from you within 15 business days, we assume you no longer wish to pursue your request, and we are administratively closing this FOIA case.

Should you wish to pursue this matter you will need to submit a new request with necessary clarification."

This e-mail sent on 4/24/12

Mr. Smathers:
You submitted a FOIA request on April 13, 2012. I sent you an e-mail on April 19, 2012 at your preferred e-mail to get a clarification on your FOIA request. I have not received a reply back regarding a time spread on your request. Our record retention is (3) years.

Please respond back with the information so that we can begin processing a record search on your request.

Thank you,

From: "Bridges, Greg -OCIO" <Greg.Bridges@ocio.usda.gov>

Mr. Smathers,

Please see attachment regarding your request. If you have any questions please contact me.

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Greg Bridges
Program Analyst
USDA FOIA Service Center
Technology Planning, Architecture & E-Government
Patriot Center 3
355 E Street, SW

From: "Bridges, Greg -OCIO" <Greg.Bridges@ocio.usda.gov>

From: Department of Agriculture

From: FOIA - FNS

Mr. Smathers,
We have not received a response to our email below. We provided you the attachment and asked if this report would satisfy your request. We also asked that if it did not satisfy the request to provide clarification. To date we have not receive a response and will assume that the response we provide was sufficient and close the request.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you
Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA Officer
Information Management Branch
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov<mailto:jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov>

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