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Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a Federal statute that allows any person the right to obtain Federal agency records unless the records (or a part of the records) are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions contained in the law.

On October 2, 1996, the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA) were signed into law. E-FOIA makes it possible for individuals to have electronic access to certain USDA information without having to make formal FOIA requests.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged, as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act. Please note FSIS only maintains records relating to its food safety mission. For instructions on submitting FOIA requests to other government agencies, please consult their Web sites or contact their FOIA offices.

The Executive Correspondence & Issues Management Staff of FSIS administers the Agency's FOIA process from its Washington, DC offices. This Web page provides instructions on how to get information from FSIS and how to make FOIA requests.

FSIS has also established an Electronic Reading Room, listed below with other key FOIA links.

For Further Information Contact:
FSIS Freedom of Information Act Office
Room 1140-South Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone: (202) 720-2109
Fax: (202) 690-3023
Email: fsis.foia@usda.gov

We Welcome Your Feedback:
The Food Safety and Inspection Service's Freedom of Information Act office is dedicated to processing FOIA requests in an efficient and effective manner. Please send us an email providing feedback on your experience as well as suggestions for improvements.

Last Modified: September 21, 2010



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