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FDA Recalls Six Tattoo Inks over Bacterial Contamination

Tattoo infections can lead to skin rashes, infection and even permanent scarring.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it has recalled six tattoo inks because they were found to be contaminated with bacteria, which could cause infection, possessing a serious health risk.

The FDA has advised consumers to ask their tattoo artists about the inks they use and avoid the inks that have been recalled.

The recalled inks include:

  • all lots of Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA and Scalpaink AL basic black inks made by Scalp Aesthetics
  • lots 12024090 and 12026090 of Dynamic Color Black tattoo ink made by Dynamic Color Inc.
  • lot 10.19.18 of Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink made by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dbaAntone’s Ink)

The signs and symptoms of infections caused by these tattoo inks include skin rashes or lesions where the inks have been applied. It could be difficult to recognize this infection because there are conditions that have similar allergic reactions.

Some tattoo infections may even lead to permanent scarring.

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The FDA has advised people to inform their tattoo artists and seek medical help if they develop symptoms of infection, rashes or injury after getting inked.