FDA Recalling Tattoo Ink Because Of Possible Contamination

The FDA is recalling six types of tattoo ink because of contamination…

By Doug Lazy on May 16, 2019
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE - FEBRUARY 01: A client receives a tattoo at the Literary Ink tattoo convention on February 01, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The annual convention brings together over 160 tattoo artists from around the world in what is billed as a convention that is the "intersection of literary fantasy and artistic magic." (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of tattoo ink that may be contaminated with bacteria. Here’s what to do if you’ve recently had a tattoo done…

According to a new press release from the FDA, they are warning people who are considering a new tattoo, tattoo artists and retailers of tattoo ink that the six types of tattoo ink listed below are being recalled because “they are contaminated with microorganisms”. 

Which Tattoo Inks Are Affected?

  • Scalpaink SCScalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics (all lots)
  • Dynamic Color – Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc  (lots 12024090 and 12026090)
  • Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dba Antone’s Ink) (lot 10.19.18)

The FDA says that the contaminated inks “can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin during a tattooing procedure, since there is an increased risk of infection any time the skin barrier is broken.”

What Should YOU Do If You’ve Recently Had A Tattoo?

The FDA suggests that you should contact your tattoo artist to see if one of the above inks have been used in your tattoo. They also say that if you are experiencing “symptoms of infection or an injury after administration of a tattoo” that you should “consult their healthcare professional and inform their tattoo artist.”

If You’re Considering Getting A New Tattoo

The FDA says that you should ask the tattoo artist or studio about the tattoo inks they use and to avoid the affected tattoo inks.

Grab more info from the FDA about this recall HERE


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