Court takes up ban on fish pedicures

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by The Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 23 at 7:30 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A Maricopa County Superior Court judge began hearing a lawsuit Monday on whether the Arizona Board of Cosmetology can ban the practice of using toothless carp to remove dead skin during pedicures at one Gilbert salon.

A lawsuit filed by the independent government watchdog group the Goldwater Institute on behalf of salon owner Cindy Vong challenges whether the state can ban Vong from using Garra rufa fish, a 2-inch carp that doesn't have teeth.

The cosmetology board says the practice is unhealthy, unsanitary and also violates state statutes and board regulations.

The Arizona Board of Cosmetology is seeking to have the case dismissed and filed a motion with the judge to do so in late December.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com

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