Fish spa closed due to health fears

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Following recent advice from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on the safety of fish pedicures, one such ‘spa' in Oxford has been asked to cease trading.

The business, which was part of the Bubblefeet chain closed on Tuesday when the management board of Oxford’s Clarendon Centre became aware of the HPA information.

Commenting on his decision to close the spa, centre manager Andy Margieson said: "I picked up the newspaper today and saw the front page headlines blaring out at us. We asked Bubblefeet to cease trading in the centre until we have further information, as a matter of public interest.

"We are looking for further information from the promoters themselves and the Environment Agency."

Although a Bubblefeet spokesman reiterated that the spa operated under "strict health and safety guidelines", the management team of the shopping centre was unable to say when – or if – the outlet would re-open.

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