USDA Proposal Would Remove 'Midget' Word from Raisin Standards
The Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA has proposed removing the term "midget" from its raisin standards in response to a petition from the Little People of America.
The AMS wants to eliminate five references to the term “midget” in the United States Standards for Grades of Processed Raisins, opting to replace the term with the word "small" instead.
The proposed change comes after a petition from Little People of America, which stated that the group wanted to raise awareness about the use of the word “midget.”
"Though the use of the word midget by the USDA when classifying certain food products is benign, Little People of America, and the dwarfism community, hopes that the USDA would consider phasing out the term midget," the petition said.
The public will have 60 days to comment on the change before it's finalized.