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
Women indulge in a fish pedicure treatment at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va., July 17, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(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.