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FDA recalls tattoo ink riddled with bacteria

Routine inspections and surveys have lead the United States Food and Drug Administration to recall tattoo ink from three different brands after they were found to be contaminated with bacteria. According to the FDA, use of the tattoo inks in question could “cause infections and lead to serious health injuries”.

Contaminated inks:

  • 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)

If you’re planning on getting a tattoo anytime soon, it’s recommended that you consult with your tattoo artist about the inks that will be used, and avoid using any of the recalled inks. If you’ve recently received a tattoo using any of the recalled inks, you’re encouraged to seek medical care and inform your tattoo artist. If you are unsure if you may have been infected, symptoms include but are not limited to: “the appearance of rashes or lesions consisting of red papules in areas where the contaminated ink has been applied.”

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