Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
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. . For instructions on submitting FOIA requests to other government agencies, please consult their websites or contact their FOIA offices.
The FSIS FOIA office administers the 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.
- How to Make a FOIA Request
- FSIS Electronic Reading Room
- Popular FOIA Requests
- Monthly Reports of Requests Submitted to FSIS
- Other USDA Agency FOIA Contacts
For Further Information Contact:
FSIS Freedom of Information Act Office
Room 2166-South Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone: (202) 720-2109
Fax: (202) 690-3023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org providing feedback on your experience as well as suggestions for improvements.