The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a nationwide recall for tattoo inks that are contaminated with bacteria. Use of the inks to make a tattoo could result in serious injury.
Officials are urging consumers, tattoo artists, and retailers to avoid using the following brands of ink:
Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin. The bacteria is given direct access because the skin barrier is broken in tattooing.
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. Some tattoo infections can result in permanent scarring.
Consumers who are considering a new tattoo are being urged to ask their tattoo artist or studio about the tattoo inks they use. Those who have experienced symptoms of infection, should go to their doctor and tell their tattoo artist.