USDA emails regarding Clear Labs

Evan Anderson filed this request with the U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America.
Tracking #

FOIA-2018-00404

Status
Completed

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From: Evan Anderson


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any emails discussing Clear Labs' 2015 report on hot dogs. For reference: https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Food/2015/1026/What-s-in-that-hot-dog-More-than-you-might-think-report-finds.

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,

Evan Anderson

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Anderson:

This email acknowledges receipt of your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department FOIA Office (DFO). Your request was received by this office on July 16, 2018.

USDA has a decentralized FOIA program. Each agency processes its own FOIA requests and appeals independently. The Department FOIA Office (DFO) processes requests and appeals on behalf of the Office of the Secretary, the Offices of the Under Secretaries and Departmental Administration ("DA") components only. For a complete listing of DA's components, please visit http://www.dm.usda.gov/agencies.htm.

Upon review, the DFO has determined that the records sought are likely to be maintained by the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS), a USDA component. Therefore, according to USDA regulation 7 C.F.R. § 1.5(f), the DFO is routing your request to the FOIA Officer for FSIS for processing and direct response to you. In the event you have questions regarding your request, please contact the agency using the contact information below:

Arianne Perkins

FOIA/PA Officer

Food Safety & Inspection Service

1400 Independence Ave., SW

Room 1142-S

Washington, DC 20250

Fax 202-690-3023

Email: FSIS.FOIA@usda.gov<mailto:FSIS.FOIA@usda.gov>

For additional information regarding USDA FOIA regulations and frequently requested records, please visit the USDA FOIA homepage at www.dm.usda.gov/foia<http://www.dm.usda.gov/foia>. There you can access our Public Access Link (PAL). Once registered, PAL allows you to: 1) submit a FOIA request to any of our 20 USDA component agencies electronically; 2) check the status of your FOIA request; and 3) download responsive records as they become available.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this e-mail, please contact Ms. Camille Aponte at 202-694-5260 or electronically at Camille.aponte@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Camille.aponte@ocio.usda.gov> or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>.

The DFO Team appreciates the opportunity to assist you.

Department FOIA Office

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From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Hi Mr. Anderson,

I am copying the FSIS FOIA Office, as this request was routed to them for processing on July 17th.
Best,

Camille

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Hi Ms. Perkins – Please see below status inquiry from the requester for 2018-FSIS-00404-F.

From: Evan Anderson

Hi there,

Can I have an update on this request?

Thank you,
Evan

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Good morning Mr. Anderson,

I have attached the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) response to FOIA Request 2018-00404. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office.
Best regards,

Ethan H. Pickrell, Esq.
Contractor, Freedom of Information Act Office
Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Room 1170 - South Building
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 260-8912
ethan.pickrell@usda.gov<mailto:ethan.pickrell@usda.gov>

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