Ambassador Thompson to the Secretary of State .

No. 313.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 26, of May 9, 1906, inclosing a copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture and instructing me to endeavor to induce the Mexican Government to recognize the American federal meat-inspection and the regular certificates issued by the Department of Agriculture, I inclose copy and translation of a note from the foreign office, and of the communication from the department of government therewith transmitted, stating that the Mexican Government will accept the regular official certificates, viséed by the Mexican consul.

I have, etc.,

D. E. Thompson.
[Inclosure 1.—Translation.]

The Minister for Foreign Affairs to Ambassador Thompson .

Mr. Ambassador: Referring to your excellency’s courteous note dated May 17 last, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a communication dated [Page 1120] the 3d instant, addressed to me by the department of government relative to the inspection of meats coming from the United States.

I avail, etc.,

Igno. Mariscal.

The Department of Government to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs .

(A seal reading:) Department of Government.—First section.—No. 2692.

Under date of the 27th ultimo, the superior board of health informs this department as follows:

“During the meeting held by this board on the 24th instant, a report rendered by the joint committees on federal matters and sanitary police relating to animals was approved, the same reading as follows: ‘The department of government has been pleased to inform this board, upon the note from the American ambassador to the department of foreign affairs, with which he inclosed copy of a communication from the Department of Agriculture to the Secretary of State of the United States, relative to the denial on the part of Mexican authorities to recognize federal inspection labels, seals, and certificates upon meats as a proof that fresh meats from the American Union are fit articles on importation into Mexico, and to permit the entry of shipments of said meats because the same were not accompanied by the certificates called for by article 67 of customs regulations. The undersigned committees have made a careful study of this important matter, having before them copies in extenso of several copies of the United States statutes, laws, regulations, etc., relative to the inspection of live stock and products thereof from said nation, which said ambassador sent with his above-mentioned note, and have the honor to report the following:

‘Owing to the influence which fresh meats exercise over public health as one of the leading articles of food, the Government of Mexico, following the initiative of this board, has devoted much attention to watching its complete sanitary condition and good preservation, and therefore has the right to demand that meats imported to the country be in said conditions. The slaughterhouse of the City of Mexico is provided with an office for the sanitary inspection of meats, equipped with microscopes and a small bacteriological laboratory under a sufficient number of chartered veterinary surgeons, who inspect with the proper care all meats, and are accustomed to such practices, after a number of years, which are daily improving the sanitary conditions of the meats for public consumption. The rule observed in said establishment to attain success provides for the examination of live animals as carefully as possible; then follows the post-mortem inspection, the microscopic examination of pork, and finally the bacteriological inspection whenever the same is required. Information has been recently received that there are in the United States packing houses in which the inspection of meats is made by experts of official character, similar to that made in Mexico, as above stated; therefore, in view of this fact, the joint committees on federal matters and sanitary police state that in their opinion the importation of fresh meats from the United States of America should be permitted when covered by federal inspection labels, seals, and certificates, as when such requisites are observed an absolute certainty is had that the legal precepts upon the matter prevail. The above conditions are extremely favorable for the admission of meats from the United States. But, as laws in force should not be disregarded, it is indispensable that, besides the fact that meats may bear the seals referred to by the ambassador of the United States, the provisions of article 35 of the sanitary code and 67 of the general customs regulations should be observed. Therefore, the undersigned committees ask the board to approve the following:

‘Fresh meats from the United States of America shipped by packing houses in which sanitary inspection is officially enforced on live stock and dead meat, as well as microscopic examination of pork and bacteriological inspection when the same may be proper, shall be admitted to this country whenever the same are accompanied with an official sanitary certificate in the above terms and when said document may bear the approval of the Mexican consul. Signed: Liceaga.-Gomez.’

“‘Which I have the honor to transmit to you for your information and in reply to the communication of that department, No. 7897, dated June 22 last.”

Which I transmit to you for your information and assure you of my distinguished consideration.