Mr. Wharton to Mr. Terrell .

No. 160.]

Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 225, of the 10th ultimo, relative to the regulations enforced in Belgium as to imported carcasses of dressed beef, I transmit to you herewith a copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture on the subject.

You will use your own discretion as to the best manner of presenting the matter to the Belgian Government with a view to securing the removal of the restrictions complained of.

I am, etc.,

William F. Wharton,
Acting Secretary.
[Inclosure in No. 160.]

Mr. Rusk to Mr. Blaine .

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed favor of the 25th ultimo, inclosing a dispatch from the American minister at Brussels relative to his efforts to obtain a modification of the regulations of the Government of Belgium which prohibit the introduction of American fresh beef.

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I would very respectfully request that our minister to Belgium be again directed to urgently insist upon the repeal by the Government of that country of that provision of its laws which requires carcasses of dressed beef imported from America to be accompanied by the lung adherent thereto.

This regulation practically prohibits all exportation of dressed beef from the United States to Belgium, as our shipments of beeves are made in quarters, the lung being removed at time of slaughter, and it is therefore not practicable to ship them adherent to the carcasses. The inspection laws of this country provide for both an ante and postmortem examination of all animals killed for exportation, and an official certification by officers of this Government as to the healthfulness of the animal at time of slaughter. The continuance by Belgium of this law is therefore not only an unjust discrimination against our dressed-beef products, but is a reflection on the character of our inspection.

Trusting that such reasons will be given to the Government of Belgium as will induce it to modify this unwarranted provision of law maintained against the fresh-meat products of this country,

I have, etc.,

J. M. Rusk,
Secretary.