The U.S. Food & Drug Administration wants consumers, tattoo artists and retailers to be aware about a number of tattoo inks that have been recalled because they are "contaminated with bacteria."
The FDA said it became aware of the contaminated tattoo inks during "inspections of distributors and manufacturers, routine surveys of marketed tattoo inks, and subsequent microbiological analysis of sampled tattoo inks."
According to the FDA, contaminated tattoo inks can cause infections and lead to serious health issues when injected into a person's skin.
The recalled ink was manufactured or distributed by four firms inspected under an ongoing assignment, according to the FDA's notice.
Before getting a tattoo, consumers should ask their tattoo artist about the inks they use and avoid the ones that have been recalled.
The following tattoo inks have been recalled because of contamination with microorganisms:
- Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics (all lots)
- Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dba Antone's Ink) (lot 10.19.18)
The FDA said it plans to continue working with manufacturers and retailers to remove contaminated products from the market. Anyone who's had infection symptoms or an injury after getting a tattoo should consult their doctor and let their tattoo artist know. Consumers can also report their injury to the FDA on its website.