Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

FDA recalls 6 tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms, which can cause infections

FDA recalls 6 tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms, which can cause infections

The FDA announced Wednesday that five tattoo inks from three companies, two of which are based in Miami Gardens and Fort Lauderdale, have been recalled "because they are contaminated with microorganisms".

The FDA says it discovered the problem during 2018-2019 fiscal year inspections and routine checks of inks on the market.

One of them is the popular black ink made by Dynamic Color.

"The tattoo inks were manufactured or distributed by four firms inspected under an ongoing assignment", the FDA wrote in a news release.

Inks contaminated with microorganisms may cause infection and serious health issues when introduced to the skin, including scarring.

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Consumers are urged to ask their tattoo artist or studio about the inks they use and the avoid the tattoo inks recalled.

"Commonly reported symptoms of tattoo-ink-associated infections include the appearance of rashes or lesions consisting of red papules in areas where the contaminated ink has been applied", the FDA says.

The FDA identified six inks contaminated with bacteria harmful to human health. Additionally, they described potential symptoms, noting that they can often be confused with other things, such as allergic reactions, making ink-related infections easy to misdiagnose.

Dynamic Color - Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc.

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