Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Florida stops fish "pedicures"

Here's some good news - CBS reports that the Florida Board of Cosmetology has banned the offering of fish "pedicures" in the state. For those unfamiliar, the practice essentially boils down to filling a small pool full of fish. Customers then stick their feet into the pool and the fish eat dead skin off of their feet. Other states, including New Hampshire, Texas, Washington, and Massachusetts have also banned the practice. The Board cited the inability to disinfect the pool between uses.

Update: Read the Florida Board of Cosmetology's news release here. The Board stated that fish pedicures violate two previously standing rules, one that prohibits animals or pets, excluding animals trained to assist the hearing impaired, visually impaired, or the physically disabled, in salons and another that sets the standards for pedicure sanitation requirements.

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