National Geographic : 1916 Jan
Photograph from U.S.Dept. ofAgriculture THE GOVERNMENT'S SEAL OF APPROVAL When the meat inspection law was enacted in 1906, it insured the people of the country that atleast three-fifths ofthe meat they eat isthe product of healthy animals slaughtered under proper conditions. There is an inspection of the live animals, and another oftheir viscera, as well as of the meat itself. Even the railroads are forbidden, under heavy penalty, to ship any meat in interstate commerce that does not have the seal of the Government's approval thereon. There is no Government inspection of meat consumed within the state of origin, or ofthat slaughtered by retail butchers or on the farm.