Fla. Bans Fish Pedicures

Cosmetology board cites rules on animals in salons, sanitation concerns

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2009 3:50 PM CST

(Newser) – Fish pedicures—in which small carp eat dead skin from clients’ feet—have been banned in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The state’s Board of Cosmetology determined that the practice, introduced last year, violated a ban on animals in salons, as well as sanitation requirements that mandate disinfecting of pedicure materials between clients. There is no way, the board noted, to disinfect a pool of fish.

Florida joins Texas, Washington, Massachusetts and New Hampshire in banning the procedure. Salons found performing the pedicure will face fines, a board representative said.

Women indulge in a fish pedicure treatment at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va., July 17, 2008.
Women indulge in a fish pedicure treatment at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va., July 17, 2008.   (AP Photo)
Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., is pictured during a fish pedicure treatment at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va., July 17, 2008.
Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., is pictured during a fish pedicure treatment at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va., July 17, 2008.   (AP Photo)
In this 2008 file photo, Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., has her toes nibbled on by a type of carp called garra rufa, or doctor fish, during a fish-pedicure treatment in Alexandria, Va.
In this 2008 file photo, Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., has her toes nibbled on by a type of carp called garra rufa, or doctor fish, during a fish-pedicure treatment in Alexandria, Va.   (AP Photo)
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