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Gedney drops use of 'midget' in pickles line as RI mom complains

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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Cranston mother of a daughter with dwarfism has persuaded a Minnesota food company to drop the word "midget" from a line of pickles.

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The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/qYXi8C ) that Chelley Martinka, who says she has craved pickles, said she was incensed when she saw jars of what Cains brand calls kosher dill midgets at a supermarket.

The mother of 10-month-old Adelaide, who has dwarfism, thought she would smash the jars. Instead, she took pictures and blogged.

Gedney Foods in Chaska, Minn., which produces pickles and food lines by Del Monte and Cains, says it will change its labels and stop using the word "midget."

The company did not return calls from the newspaper. It confirmed its decision, but said it does not want media attention or recognition for doing what's right.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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