FDA recalls tattoo inks contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria

The FDA has recalled several types of tattoo ink after determining they were contaminated with bacteria. Matt Boone reports

The FDA has recalled several types of tattoo ink after determining they were contaminated with bacteria. Matt Boone reports

Anyone who has gotten or plans to get a tattoo should contact their tattoo artist or studio and find out what kind of ink they use.

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".

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

It said six inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics, Dynamic Color and Color Art could be contaminated with microorganisms that can be unsafe when injected into the skin.

Those planning to get a tattoo should ask their artist to avoid any of the recalled inks.

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The FDA says it plans to work with manufacturers and retailers to remove the contaminated inks from the market.

Common symptoms of infections related to tattoo ink include rashes and lesions in areas where contaminated ink was applied.

The FDA said it became aware of the contaminated inks through routine surveys and inspections.

Anyone who think they have an infection should see a medical professional. "Some tattoo infections can result in permanent scarring", the FDA said in a news release.

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