File No. 821/41.

The Secretary of State to Ambassador Francis.

No. 217.]

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence on the subject of restrictions on American meats in Austria and Hungary, I inclose here [Page 35] with copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture calling attention to the efficient law and regulations which this Government has regarding the inspection of meat, and meat food products entering into interstate or foreign commerce.

The department feels that it will be proper to bring again this matter to the notice of the Government to which you are accredited. You are therefore instructed to take appropriate action, in the sense of Secretary Wilson’s letter.

I am, etc.,

E. Root.

The Secretary of Agriculture to the Secretary of State.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 18th and 24th ultimo, inclosing translation of notes received from Ambassador Francis, of Vienna. It would seem from the tone of these letters that no representations that this Government could make would be acceptable to Austria-Hungary. However, it would probably be advisable again to call attention to the efficient law and regulations which this Government has regarding the importation of meat and meat food products which enter into interstate or foreign commerce, and to assure them that this law and the regulations are strictly enforced.

A copy of these regulations is inclosed herewith, together with an article on meat inspection by the Chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry, which explains in detail the method of conducting the inspection from the time of the slaughter of the animals.

The inspection of pork for trichinae has never been general in this country and was only made for such pork products as were destined to certain foreign countries, including Germany and Austria-Hungary. In the case of Germany this pork was reinspected again after its arrival, and it was considered unnecessary that it should be inspected both in this country and Germany. This inspection when carried out under the most favorable conditions is not thoroughly efficient, as some meat affected with trichinae to a slight degree may not be detected. Records obtained in Germany and elsewhere prove this assertion. There can be no danger, however, from pork when thoroughly cured, such as would be prepared for export.

There can be objection on the part of this country to submitting pork from the United States to such inspection after its arrival at a foreign port, providing this rule is applied to all other countries.

I have the honor, etc.,

James Wilson.