Holy carp! State officials are putting the brakes on "fish pedicures,' -- the use of tiny, live carp to clean feet.
At its January meeting, the Florida Board of Cosmetology, housed within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, determined that fish pedicures are not permitted in cosmetology salons in Florida.
The board says using the tiny nibbling fish to slough off dead skin violates two 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.
Salons that don't throw the fish out of work may be subject to citations and fines.