FDA Recalls Tattoo Inks Possibly Contaminated by Bacteria

Ra'eesah Manack
May 17, 2019
11:14 A.M.
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Food and Drug Administration officials recalled several types of tattoo ink this week. The recall comes as a result of concerns that the ink may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.


The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to tattoo artists, ink retailers and anyone "considering a new tattoo" about six inks. They said the inks could cause serious infections or other injuries.

The six inks are manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics, Dynamic Color, and Color Art. Officials believe they could be contaminated with microorganisms that can be dangerous when injected into the skin.


"Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms 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," said the FDA in a statement.

The FDA went on to reveal that it became aware of the contaminated inks through routine surveys and inspections. It said consumers should ask their tattoo artists about the inks they're using before getting any work done.


"Consumers who have experienced symptoms of infection or an injury after administration of a tattoo should consult their healthcare professional and inform their tattoo artist," the statement said. "Ask the tattoo artist or studio about the tattoo inks they use and avoid the tattoo inks listed above, due to the risk of infection and injury."

FDA officials went on to ensure consumers that they are working with manufacturers and retailers to remove the contaminated products from the market.