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Tattoo ink and needles recalled over contamination risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last week announced a recall of tattoo ink, needles, and kits because of bacterial contamination that led to one illness, the agency said in press release.

White & Blue Lion, Inc., of Industry, Calif., is recalling 5-milliliter bottles of all colors of tattoo ink from a certain lot and batch sold in kits and separately. The ink has a best-used-by date of Dec 16, 2016. It is also recalling various lots of tattoo needles that are included in kits and have an expiration date of June 2018.

"Use of these products may cause bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection," the FDA said in the release. It did not specify the bacterium. As of Jul 11, one person had become ill because of these products.  FDA laboratory testing found bacterial contamination in both the ink and needles, the agency said.

Jul 11 FDA Press Release



Image_TattooThe use of improperly sanitized needles and instruments for invasive procedures on the human body and/or procedures being completed by inadequately trained individuals can contribute to the spread of communicable diseases and/or cause permanent injury.

The goal of this program is to assure that businesses performing tattooing or body piercing procedures do so in a manner that meets safety and sanitation standards and with staff adequately trained to perform the procedures through inspection of businesses and education of operators.


Environmental Health Code Chapter 2210: Tattoo and Body Piercing

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-9: Tattoo and Body Piercing Rules


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