It may be fin-ito for a fishy type of pedicure if a proposed ban makes its way through state Legislature.
"Sometimes, people might think that something sounds cool, 'It's trendy. Let me try it,' " the New York Post quoted Klein as saying. "They should know the ramifications. This is something that is dangerous and clearly unsanitary."
Some health officials say these fishy feet-eaters could spread infections from customer to customer, while other opponents worry that some salons may improvise with cheaper, toothier fish.
A statewide ban would make New York the 15th state to ban the service, which came to the United States just a year ago from China. So far, not one New Yorker has filed a formal complaint to the Department of State, which regulates beauty salons, although a spokesman indicated they were wary of the trend.
"This is something that for a whole number of reasons we would be concerned about," Department of State spokesman, Joel Barkin told the Post. "This may already be something that's not allowed under a current law."
Under the proposed law, a first offense would result in a $250 fine, while a second offense would be labeled a Class B misdemeanor.