FDA recalls tattoo ink for bacterial contamination

Scalpaink is one of the tattoo inks that has been recalled. (FDA)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you're thinking about getting a new tattoo, you may want to wait.

The FDA has issued a recall for some tattoo ink due to bacterial contamination.

"Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin during a tattooing procedure, since there is an increased risk of infection any time the skin barrier is broken," the FDA released in a statement.

The following ink has been recalled:

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

Symptoms of infections related to tattoo-ink include rashes and lesions.

The FDA is working with retailers to get the recalled ink removed from the market.

Consumers with questions can submit an inquiry at fda.gov/fcic.