Fish pedicures banned in Florida, among other states

Published: Feb. 23, 2009 at 11:10 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 2:48 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A pedicure that uses fish to nibble off dead skin has been banned in Florida.  The Florida Board of Cosmetology has banned the procedure, even before salons began offering the treatment.

During the procedure, a client puts feet, hands, or other body parts in a bowl or tank, and small fish chew away decaying skin. The treatment, which is popular in Asia, has also been banned in Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Officials say there is concern because salons cannot disinfect a pool of fish between uses.