Client Health

Florida Makes Fish Pedicures Illegal

Florida has made fish pedicures, in which clients place their feet into a tub containing small carp that then ingest the callused areas of clients' feet, illegal in the state. At its January 2009 meeting, the Florida Board of Cosmetology, housed within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, determined that fish pedicures are not permitted because the 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. If salons are found performing fish pedicures, the salon and the cosmetologist may be subject to citations and fines.

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