Tattoo ink recall: FDA alerts consumers about contaminated ink

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Considering a new tattoo? Make sure you’re getting uncontaminated ink. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting costumers, tattoo artists and retailers about the dangers of ink contaminated with bacteria, issuing a recall. 

Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms have the potential to cause serious injury, the FDA said in a May 15 alert. 

On May 15, 2019, the FDA has recalled Solid Ink-Diablo (red)  (manufactured by Color Art Inc.) because it has been contaminated with microorganisms.

They 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,” the FDA says. 

The recalled tattoo inks are: 

  • 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 became aware of the issue through its yearly inspections of distributors and manufacturers. 

Contaminated tattoo ink symptoms

On May 15, 2019, the FDA has recalled Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL Basic Black Tattoo Inks (manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics) because it has been contaminated with microorganisms.

According to the FDA, common symptoms of tattoo-ink related infections include the appearance of rashes or lesions consisting of red papules in areas where the contaminated ink has been applied. 

Some infections may result in permanent scarring. “Indications of an infection can be difficult to recognize as other conditions (e.g., allergic reactions) may initially have similar signs and symptoms, leading to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatments.”

What tattoo artists, retailers and customers should know

Those seeking a new tattoo should ask the artist of studio about the inks they use and avoid the inks listed above.  Artist and retailers should avoid using or selling the inks described as well due to the risk for infection and injury. 

The FDA is working with manufacturers and retailers to remove the products. 

On May 15, 2019, the FDA has recalled Dynamic Color - Black Tattoo Ink (manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc) because it has been contaminated with microorganisms.

Customers who have experience infection symptoms should consult their doctors or a medical professional and inform their tattoo artist. They should also consider reporting their injury to the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

Customers can access more information and submit inquiries at fda.gov/fcic

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