Tattoo ink contaminated with bacteria; six kinds recalled

Tattoo ink contaminated with bacteria; six kinds recalled
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The FDA wants consumers, tattooists, and retailers to avoid using, or buying, six kinds of tattoo ink because they are contaminated with bacteria that can cause infections and lead to serious health problems.

The tattoo inks reportedly have microorganisms that can lead to serious injuries and an increased risk of infection since the skin barrier is broken during a procedure, according to a release from the FDA.

Common symptoms of an infection caused by tattoo ink are rashes or lesions consisting of red papules near where the ink was placed

The FDA says some infections can also leave permanent scarring

The inks affected by the recall:

Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink 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 wants you to ask your tattoo artist or studio which ink they use before you get a tattoo.

Studios and artists are advised to no longer use the recalled inks.

If you’d like to read the entire FDA statement, please click here.

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